19401941 & 1944
Wellfleet, MA
Oil on canvas
24 x 29 in. (61 x 73.7 cm)
Signed and dated along right side: "E W Dickinson 1944"
Inscribed at bottom: " Xmas CONSTANT"
Inscribed upper left corner:
"1st LOVE / 2" ?~ or "1st COVE / 2" ?~
Inscribed top right: "2 Jan. '44"
Inscribed upper right corner: "RP"
Private Collection
Photo: Babcock Galleries


Notes: Painted in Wellfleet, MA, the first painting done in studio built in 1940. Begun December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 "painted fiddle", 31 "painted fiddle"; 1941, January 1, 2 "fini", 3, boxed & sent it to Passedoit. 1949, May 30"Painted - finished the fiddle scroll on Constant's portrait." (dates from journals). Initials "RP" refer to old friend Dr. Richard Parmenter who lent $500 for the building of the studio. Later in the 1940s he forgave the debt. Format of painting is an outline of the interior of a French oval frame. It is unknown why ED dated the piece "1944." He put on a swatch of paint for the purpose.

To EHS, January 4, 1941: "I had promised to have a painting of a musical instrument in N.Y. by New Year, and my new studio, in which I was to paint it, was completed later than I had planned. (This piece is for a show of musical instruments which opens Monday at Passedoits)."

COH: p 144;


Private Collection

Exhibition History

1941 Passedoit Gallery: Paintings, Edwin Dickinson
1942 Chatham: Work by Edwin Dickinson
1944 University of Illinois: not on exhibition list
1951 ASL: Diamond Jubilee
1959 Boston University Art Gallery: Edwin Dickinson, Retrospective Exhibition
1961 James Graham & Sons: Edwin Dickinson, Retrospective
196163 MoMA: Edwin Dickinson
1965 Whitney: Edwin Dickinson. Major retrospective
1966 Gilman Galleries: Edwin Dickinson, Paintings
1967b PAA: Selections from the Work of Edwin Dickinson
196869 Venice Biennial: The Figurative Tradition in Recent American Art: Edwin Dickinson
1969 Lincoln: (not in exhibition list for 1969, may be 1970)
1970 Weeden Gallery: Paintings and Drawings by Edwin Dickinson
1976 PAAM: Edwin Dickinson Retrospective
1982b NAD: Art Students League Benefit Sale, dated 1941
1983 Hirschl & Adler Galleries: Realism and Abstraction: Counterpoints in American Drawings, 1900-1940
1985 Alpha Gallery: Edwin Dickinson
1986 Hirschl & Adler Galleries: Master Drawings from The Drawing Society's Membership
1991b Babcock Galleries: Edwin Dickinson, 1891-1978: Centennial Exhibition