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Oil on canvas, signed and dated 1997 at lower right, framed.
Stretcher size 18 x 26 in.; Frame dimensions 22 1/4 x 30 1/4 in.Private Collection, Wilson, North Carolina
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, her husband accepted became 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.
In a conversation with the consignor, Sarah Blakeslee said that this was a scene in Wilson County, North Carolina.
Minor bulge in lower right corner; overall in good estate condition.
$3,000 - 5,000