Works by ALBERT HORATIO SLADE (1843-1922) are quite rare in the marketplace. The few that have come to auction feature coastal scenes of Los Angeles, San Diego and Ventura Counties. Prices of $8,000 and even $12,000 have been achieved on several larger works that are site-specific. Some are of great historical interest, as they document early buildings and communities. Slade was born in England and had a photography studio in Toronto, Canada by 1879. He was in San Diego by 1887. He was known to have painted in La Jolla. This scene shows a coastal rock covered in bird guano, a few figures at right. The artist signed the work at lower right corner. A circa 1890 date of execution would likely be fairly accurate. This is an opportunity to acquire a painting by a artist whose works rarely appear on the market. The painting measures 12" by 20" on the stretchers and 17" by 25" framed. It would benefit from a cleaning. There is light stretcher bar show-through but the paint is stable throughout.
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