Frank Herbert Mason (1921-2009) [RA 1960-2009] : Bethesda fountain, ca.1992.


SAL record control number: 102303 ;

Record level: Item ;

Record type: Movable work ;


Work title: Bethesda fountain  [from donation letter]  ;

Alternate work titles:
2019 : Bethesda fountain  [from donation letter]  ;

Work date: ca.1992  [from donation letter] ;

Creator: Frank Herbert Mason (1921-2009) [RA 1960-2009] ;

Work medium: Oil on canvas ;
Work dimensions: 17-1/2 x 23-1/2 [unframed] | 18 x 24 x 1-3/4 inches [framed] ;

Inscribed / signed front:
At lower right.
Dated?: No.
Text: ‘Frank Mason’.


SAL category: Oil ;
SAL sub-category: Landscape ; architectural ;

Archives of American Art subjects:

Description of work:

Frank Herbert Mason was a highly respected painter and teacher. Born in Cleveland, OH to a father who was a Shakespearean actor and mother who was a musician, likely meant that Mason would end up in the arts. He attended the Music and Arts High School in New York City until he received a scholarship to the Art Students’ League of New York, where he studied under fellow Salmagundian Frank Vincent DuMond. In 1951, Mason became an instructor at the Art Students’ League.

In this work, Bethesda fountain, Mason takes on the iconic Central Park landmark capturing it from a nearly worms-eye view and making the water feature tower over the observer adding to its importance.


2019 SCNY, gift of the estate of Frank Mason, accession #2021.41 ;
2009 Estate of Frank Mason, New York, NY, Anne Mason, executor ;
ca.1992 Frank Herbert Mason (1921-2009) [RA 1960-2009], the artist .

Exhibition history:
2021 SCNY New accessions August 19-31.

References / citations:
– Donating letter dated March 24, 2019 from Anne Mason, Frank Mason estate executor.
– Estate accession #L433.
– Collection database, accession #2021.41.



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