Lot 206

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William Woodward (American/New Orleans, 1859-1939), "Furnished Rooms, French Town", Raffaelli crayon on board, signed and dated "1913-14, N.O." lower right, signed, titled, inscribed and dated "1913-14" en verso, 22 in. x 28 in.

  • Note: As an artist, teacher and historic preservationist, William Woodward found the historic French Quarter to be an endless source of fascination. In the early 20th century, the Vieux Carré, as it was then known, showed signs of neglect and had suffered from haphazard and historically inaccurate renovations. Through the efforts of Elizabeth Werlein, William Radcliff Irby and Woodward, the Vieux Carré Commission was formed with the intention of preserving the buildings and ambiance of the historic district. In the charming painting "Furnished Rooms, French Town" Woodward depicts an endearing street scene in the lower French Quarter. From the graceful cast iron balconies the laundress has hung the day's wash and takes a moment to rest and view the activities of the street below where a horse is awaiting his owner's eventual return. Woodward viewed his paintings as documents of the historic buildings as well as the unique cultural and artistic community that he feared was rapidly disappearing.

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