Orig Mid Century Mod Cat Watercolor Painting Ruth Appleton Perkins Safford Yqz
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1960 - Listed Maine/Washington DC Artist COOL
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Up in this sale is an original watercolor painting by Ruth Appleton Perkins Safford, listed Maine and Washington, D.C. artist. It is a mid century modern outline depiction of a sitting cat with a bowl of milk. Signed in the bottom right RAPS, on the back it is marked RAPS = Ruth Appleton Perkins Safford, Washington, D.C. 1960. It measures approx. 5 3/4" x 9", matted, glazed and framed approx. 12 1/2" x 14 1/2". We found the following bio on AskArt:
Ruth Appleton Perkins Safford (1892 - 1979)
Lived/Active: District Of Columbia Known for: interiors, home exterior, landscape
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Ruth Safford studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and also with Henry Snell, Joseph De Camp, and Henry Breckenridge. She was a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, the Washington Art Club, and the Copley Society as well as the North Shore Arts Association. Her commissions include interiors of Gunston Hall, the National Cathedral, and the Lee Mansion.
She had over 100 solo exhibitions and her preferred medium was watercolor. She also taught art in the Medford, Pennsylvania public schools and the Harvard Educational School.
Her husband was a Navel Captain and they used to sail with Mrs. Crowningshield in her very large boat. She was a member of the Washington D.C. Water Color Association as well as other associations. She was from Boston. She was considered one of the best artist of her time and only the very rich could afford her paintings.
Ruth Perkins Safford of Blue Hill, Maine and Washington, D.C. is in the opinion of many museum directors the only artist in America who specializes in portraits of interiors of buildings. Less known among Mrs. Safford's many distinctions has been her almost lifelong determination to reproduce down east beauty spots in paintings that sometimes are the only existing record of a vanished feature on the changing face of Maine. She has produced perhaps the most complete 20th century architectural history of Maine, ranging from mansions to fish-houses, both inside and out.
Her beautiful watercolor of the staircase in the Black House at Ellsworth is in the permanent collection of the Farnsworth Museum at Rockland, Maine and Ethelbert Nevin's summer home at Blue Hill.
Born and bred in Boston, Ruth Appleton Perkins' ancestry includes a Harvard president (Appleton) and founders of the Perkins Institute for the Blind at Watertown.
She graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and married Captain Laurance Frye Safford (USN RET), who hailed from Newburyport. In her early days she made paintings of the sea and of ships. Mrs. Safford got a four-year traveling exhibition grant under the sponsorship of the Mellon Foundation to display her paintings of the interiors of famous homes in Virginia. She got this support from the foundation after Andrew Mellon saw her paintings and said "Whoever painted this should do more like it." She uses watercolors and gouache for her paintings. Critics usually call attention to the quality of warmth in the rooms she portrays, and particularly stress the characteristic Safford touch of sunlight streaming across a room or a stairway in her paintings.
The American Institute of Architects reproduced Safford's painting of the stairway at Octagon House in Washington for its official Christmas card.
She belonged to the Guild of Boston Artists, founded by John Singer Sargent. She also belonged to the American Watercolor Society and the Arts Club and Watercolor Society of Washington.
Safford's nickname was Perky.
Pictures of paintings in this article included Stairway of Black Mansion, Ellsworth, and the Living Room at Safford's home "Tranquility" Blue Hill, Maine. A number of her other paintings appear in this article.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia has her paintings. She painted interiors and exteriors of famous houses during the 1930s and she worked with Mrs. Crowningshield, formerly Miss Dupont of Delaware, who was Vice President of our Nation Trust.
Safford's paintings were made into post cards and prints and sold at the National Historic Houses including George Washington's Wakefield, George Washington's Mount Vernon, and The house at Arlington National Cemetery.
She lived in a Georgetown, Washington D.C. house and is buried there in a cemetery. The money from these post cards and prints was used to help restore and operate these as well as many other historic sites up and down the East Coast. Estimated shipping weight, (packaged) is 13 lbs 8 oz in a 20 x 18 x 5 box. The Calculator is not always right - if the shipping looks too high email us and we will give you an accurate quote prior to the sale ending. ************ What a great find!
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