Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)
Prevailing Wind
signed 'Andrew Wyeth' (lower left)
watercolor and pencil on paper
2158 x 2934 in. (54.9 x 75.6 cm.)
Executed in 1951.
M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York.
William E. Scott Foundation, Fort Worth, Texas, acquired from the above, 1954.
Gift to the present owner from the above, 1963.
"Winds," Christian Science Monitor, April 23, 1952, illustrated.
New York, Grand Central Art Galleries, Watercolors from the American Water Color Society, March 25-April 5, 1952, illustrated.
Montclair, New Jersey, Montclair Art Museum, Artist Families, February 8-28, 1953.
Fort Worth, Texas, Fort Worth Art Museum, Selections from Fort Worth Collections, May 21-26, 1963, illustrated.
Fort Worth, Texas, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The William E. Scott Collection, December 8-31, 1963, illustrated.
Tyler, Texas, Tyler Museum of Art; El Paso, Texas, El Paso Museum of Art, The Wyeths Across Texas, September 7, 2012-April 28, 2013, illustrated.
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This work will be included in Betsy James Wyeth’s forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work.

The present watercolor depicts the cupola on the Dunn & Elliot sail loft in Thomaston, Maine. In operation from 1864 to 1920, the company manufactured sails for numerous ships built up and down the Maine coast.

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