William George Watt (1867-1924) [RA 1903-1924] : Copy after Three figures at harvest by Léon Augustin Lhermitte (1844-1925) [NM] 1905.


SAL record control number: 100185 ;

Record level: Item ;

Record type: Movable work ;


Work title: Copy after Three figures at harvest by Léon Augustin Lhermitte (1844-1925) [NM]  [from collection database] ;

Alternate work titles:
2021 : Copy after Three figures at harvest by Léon Augustin Lhermitte (1844-1925) [NM]  [from collection database] ;

Work date: 1905  [from collection database] ;

Work creator: William George Watt (1867-1924) [RA 1903-1924] ;

Work medium: Engraving, ink on paper ;
Work dimensions: 7-3/4 x 8-5/8 inches [unframed] | 12-5/8 x 13-1/2 x 5/8 inches [framed] ;

Inscribed / signed front:
Location: At lower left and lower right.
Dated?: Yes.
Text: ‘WWG WATT Scc.’ and ‘L’HERMITTE / 1883’.


Marking type: Black ink stamp.
Location: Upper left and lower right verso cardboard backing.

Marking type: Black ink felt tip marker writing.
Location: At lower right:.
Text: ‘07.322’.

Marking type: White acid-free paper label with cotton string.
Location: Hanging from two screw eyes with wire.
Text: ‘07.322’.

SAL category: Works on paper ;
SAL sub-category: Engraving ;

Archives of American Art subjects:
Art — American
Art ― Private collections ― New York (State)
Art ― Private collections ― New York (State) ― Salmagundi
Ethnic — African American
Figure group
Landscape — Farm
Occupation — Farm
Occupation — Farm — Harvesting
Occupation — Other
Occupation — Other — Peasant

Description of work:
This engraving was mentioned on page 10 of the February 15, 1905 issue of The Collector and Art Critic as hanging in the lobby at 14 West 12th Street.  “The almost romantic travels which a picture may follow was exemplified when, the other day, I visited the home of a friend and found hanging on the wall of his library an delightful monotone, signed W.G. Watt, which he had told me he had picked up in Paris a few weeks ago, having been charmed by its subtle suggestiveness. When I took it in hand I recognized it as a beautiful example of that delusive art of painting on zinc for which myself had been bidding at a club auction sale of the old “Kit-Kat” some years ago. The picture had been bid in by a visitor, who had taken it to Paris and, in disposing of his black-and-whites, had relinquished possession. It is a wonderfully suggestive bit of landscape by one of our foremost engravers, whose art expression finds channels in many directions, as instanced by a wood engraving of exceptional merit, now hanging in the lobby of the Salmagundi Club.”

William George Watt was an American wood engraver. Watt’s work predominantly consisted of engraved copies after other artist’s oil paintings. He created works for artists including Nicolai Fechin and Leon Augustin Lhermitte.

Three figures at harvest, by Léon Augustin Lhermitte, was one of the most celebrated works of 1883. The large 92 by 104 inch canvas was exhibited at the French Salon of 1883 and at the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris. The work was part of a series of six paintings, this the third, heroicizing peasant laborers, a theme popular with the middle class. Three figures at harvest was widely reproduced, including this version by Watt.


1905 SCNY, gift of the artist, accession #2007.322.
1883 William George Watt (1867-1924) [RA 1903-1924], the artist .

Exhibition history:
2021 SCNY 1880-something : Victorian art at its height August 1 – September 30.
1982 SCNY curators exhibition, December 7.  (Listed as Hermil, L).
1982 SCNY curators exhibition, April 13.  (artist listed as H. Hermil).

References / citations:
– Collection database, accession #2007.322.
– 1989 collection list, accession #G-328.
The Collector and Art Critic, New York, NY, February 15, 1905, page 10.



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