Two Orchids, Brassia Lanceana, Cattleya Labiata
William Jacob Hays
Hays made regular sketching excursions to the American forests and frontier, but he did not have to travel far to find the exotic specimens depicted here since orchids were cultivated in greenhouses in his hometown, New York City. The artist began with pencil drawings—still visible in some areas—and then completed the plant forms in oil paint. These studies were among many he made in preparation for his large, highly detailed painting Bouquet of Orchids, 1871 (Private collection).
Oil and graphite on canvas
12 3/8 x 7 5/8 in. (31.4 x 19.4 cm)
Framed: 13 x 8 1/4 in. (33 x 21 cm) (show scale)
Inscribed upper center: "Epidendrum" (crossed out); inscribed below top center: "Brasia / Lancianum"; inscribed left center: "Cattleya labiata / Caracas"
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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg
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William Jacob Hays (American, 1830-1875). Two Orchids, Brassia Lanceana, Cattleya Labiata, 1869. Oil and graphite on canvas, 12 3/8 x 7 5/8 in. (31.4 x 19.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg, 85.121.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 85.121.1_bw.jpg)
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