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Inscribed "To My Friend Ben Stein | SKETCH | The Mayflower"

A copy of a 1935 New Yorker article discussing the Mayflower murals, an original letter from The Brandywine River Museum referencing the New Yorker article and Ben Stein, N. C. Wyeth's Pilgrims book, and the original 2006 invoice will accompany the lot.

The Coming of the Mayflower is an oil sketch Wyeth did in preparation for a mural to be installed at the lobby of the MetLife Insurance building in New York City. The white spaces represent the elevator corridors. According to Illustration House, “This is almost certainly the painting Wyeth made to present to the MetLife planners to show how his mural would look. Subsequently, the decision was made to raise the scenes above the doorway and other obstructions. These murals turned out to be Wyeth’s last project and had to be completed by his son Andrew and son-in-law John McCoy. Of course, this preliminary work is entirely from the hand of N. C. Wyeth, and predates the finished murals by several years.”

PROVENANCE
The Artist, gifted to
Ben Stein
Olde Chelsea Auctions, Pemroke Pines, FL
Illustration House, New York, NY 2000
Private Collection, Menlo Park, CA

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