Thomas Sully, Rembrandt Peale, Albert Pinkham Ryder and Ralph Blakelock

Maxwell Galleries

Maxwell Galleries played museum on an ambitious scale recently in organizing and presenting at its Sutter Street showrooms an extensive cataloged exhibition of historic American painting in which a large selection of items from the firm’s own considerable inventory of American period paintings and works by late 19th-century East Coast Impressionists and West Coast Regionalists was fortified with extensive loans from the American holdings of public and private collections throughout the Pacific Coast area. While no doubt the Public Image and promotive publicity functions accruing from the prestige attendant upon such a show provided some commercial incentive—and indeed resulted in the sale of a number of items long in the Maxwell bins (including most notably a gorgeous pointillist canvas from the youthful Paris years of Childe Hassam)—this exhibition, patently costly to assemble and open

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