A genre painting of a Southern cabin scene by American artist William Aiken Walker (1838-1921). Walker was born in Charlestown, SC, the son of a prominent cotton agent, and was primarily a self-taught artist, become very well-known for his expressions of plantations, cotton fields, African Americans, and dock scenes. After the Civil War, he spent time in New Orleans, as well as North Carolina, spending many summers at Arden Park Lodge in the Asheville area, until it burned in 1919. Oil on panel, signed lower left, and housed in a period giltwood frame, with light soiling overall. Dimensions: 6 1/4" h x 12 1/4", actual; 8 7/8" h x 14 7/8", framed. Provenance: This painting comes from a 22- room mansion known as "Baranca," built by John Malcolm Forbes, in Westwood, MA. “Baranca” has had three owners. This painting, which was found in the luggage room of the mansion, has been in the third owner's family since 1940.
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