Lot 298
William Charles Anthony Frerichs (Dutch/American, 1829-1905), Skating on a Mountain Lake, NC
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Oil on canvas (lined), unsigned, presented in an attractive later gilt frame with gallery plaque.

Sight size 29.25 x 44.25 in.; Frame dimensions 37.5 x 52 in.

From the Collection of James H. Craig and Randy S. Johnson, Sarasota, Florida

Born in the Netherlands, William Frerichs studied art and medicine in the Hague and Leyden. He immigrated to the United States in 1850, settling for four years in New York. He married Clara Butler in 1854 and was introduced to her friend Charles F. Deems, a Methodist minister and president of Greensboro Female College (now Greensboro College). Frerichs soon accepted a teaching position at the college and moved to North Carolina.

Frerichs was awed by the Appalachian and Sauratown mountains of North Carolina. When not teaching, he would hike into the wilderness with his paints and brushes to capture the landscapes on canvas. Unfortunately, many of his paintings from this period were destroyed in a fire that swept through his studio at the college in 1863. Following this setback, Frerichs and his family found their way back up to New York, settling in Staten Island.

Minor stable craquelure; scattered minor spot touch-ups under UV light.

$3,000 - 6,000