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Oil on canvas, signed at lower left, inscribed on the verso "This painting / by / Sarah Blakley (sic) Speight / wife of Dr. Francis Speight / artist in Residence at ECU / Purchase Price $300 06 June 1961 / Midlred H. Walston, Owner," presented in the original frame retaining a label from Gay's Hardware of Rocky Mount, NC.
SS 16 x 21.5 in.; DOA 20.25 x 26 in.
Mildred Ellis Hinnant Walston, Wilson County, North Carolina
Irma (Hinnant) Benner, North Carolina and Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Private Collection, Remer, Minnesota
Born in Evanston, IL, Blakeslee began her art studies at the age of 13 at the Chicago Art Institute. Her family moved to Washington, D.C., where she enrolled at the Corcoran School of Art and Miss Catherine Critcher's School of Art. She took classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts during the first-half of the 1930s and was awarded the Academy's prestigious Cresson Scholarship twice. During her studies at the Academy, she met and married her instructor, painter Francis Speight. In 1961 she and her family moved to North Carolina upon her husband's acceptance of artist-in-residence at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
Blakeslee's artwork has been exhibited by the Art Institute of Chicago; Corcoran Gallery; National Academy of Design; North Carolina Museum; Pennsylvania Academy; and the 1939 Worlds Fair in San Francisco, California. Her work is held in numerous permanent collections including the Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC; National Academy of Design, New York, NY; and The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC.
Canvas in need of re-stretching; overall in good estate condition.
$2,000 - 4,000