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William Woodward (American/New Orleans, 1859-1939), "Yellow Fever Quarantine, Guard Camp, East End of Pass Christian, Mississippi", oil on canvas, partial signature and inscribed "Pass Christian" lower right, pencil-signed, titled, dated "1905" and inscribed en verso of canvas and stretcher, "Alabama Art League, Montgomery, Alabama" signed label en verso, 16 in. x 22 in., in a period giltwood frame.

  • Provenance: Biloxi, Mississippi Estate, descended in the family.
  • Notes:
  • Note: During the late 19th century, Cuban doctors first theorized that it was the striped house mosquito that spread yellow fever. Early in 1905, there was an outbreak of the fever in New Orleans, and by late summer the disease was reported to have spread to Mississippi. To combat the epidemic, Mississippi Governor Vardaman and the Board of Health issued quarantines and measures to eradicate the mosquito population. In the early twentieth century, William Woodward created a series of paintings, drawings and prints of the scenic Mississippi Gulf Coast. In this impressionistic painting, Woodward depicts a quarantine tent that has been set up in the midst of the beautiful tranquil coastal landscape of Pass Christian. A boat in the distance sails along the peaceful azure of the Gulf, with the quarantine tent nestled in the shadows of the pine trees and a small live oak. Woodward made etchings of paintings that he created earlier in his career, as he did with this painting in 1934 Reference: Hinckley, Robert, ed., William Woodward: American Impressionist, MPress, New Orleans, 2009.

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