Robert Spencer (1879-1931) : One o’clock, ca.1921.


SAL record control number: 86288 ;

Record level: Item ;

Record type: Movable work ;


Work title: One o’clock  [from exhibition catalog] ;

Alternate work titles:
2021 : One o’clock  [SAL uses the original title] ;
ca.1970s : One o’clock break  [from current owner] ;
1921 : One o’clock  [from exhibition catalog] ;

Work date: ca.1921   [based on date of exhibition] ;

Work creator: Robert Spencer (1879-1931) ;

Work medium: Oil on canvas ; 
Work dimensions: 29-1/2 x 24-1/2 inches ; 

Inscribed / signed front: 


SAL category: Genre ; 
SAL sub-category: Crowds ; 

Archives of American Art subjects:

Description of work:

ca.1970s  Private collection of Thomas Davies, New Canaan, CT ; 
1921 Salmagundi, New York, NY, accession (no number) via Members’ purchase prize ;
ca.1921 Robert Spencer (1879-1931), the artist .

Exhibition history:
1921 Salmagundi annual oil exhibition March 5-19.

References / citations:
– Collecting stories 400 paintings 400 stories by Thomas Davies, New York, NY published by Laynfaroh, 2008.
– Salmagundi Club painting exhibitions 1889-1939 by Alexander W Katlan and Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 2008, page 78.
– Salmagundi prize book by Salmagundi [internal record book.]

– Deaccessioned ca.1970s based on a story told by Alexander W Katlan, 2021.  The club approach Thomas Davies, a well known collector and art historian and asks if he might give them money.  He offered instead to purchase two paintings from the club including this one.  The club sold the works to help with their financial situation.

Price history:
ca.1970s – [unknown amount – USD]  [retail] ; 
1921 – $1,000 USD  [Purchase prize] ; 


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