ON RECTO. Signature of artist in white chalk, bottom right: Caroline S. Beam + ON VERSO / BACK OF FRAME. Black pen ink on white label, bottom center: charcoal on / fine sandpaper / one of a pair + Black pen ink on white label, bottom center: New Hampshire / 19th c. / original frame
ON RECTO. Text painted in white, starting at bottom left corner and proceeding clockwise around the edge of work: DO YOU JUST STUFF FOOD iN YOUR MOUTH AND NEVER SAY THANK YOU LORD NOW + Text painted in white, running left to right along bottom edge: PROPHET WU BLACKMON. DUMB GREETY DOES NIVER EET ENOUGTH.
Landscape painting depicting trees with a solitary deer in the center of the canvas
Blakelock eschewed a literal transcription of nature, preferring to paint evocative and emotional paintings of illuminated moments in nature, of moonlit landscapes depicting the wilderness and solitude. “Deer in a Deep Woods” includes a solitary figure of deer absorbed into the setting rather than being the focus of the painting, and is imbued with a melancholy drawn from Blakelock’s deeply felt response to nature.
This is a brown pen and gray wash drawing in a horizontal format. It shows a sweeping landscape scene with a wooded area in the foreground and distant mountains in the background. In the lower left corner, there is a group of three figures seated among tall trees with full foliage. There are other groups of people positioned in this wooded area. Beyond the trees, there is a rural village with thatched roof buildings, church steeples and windmills. Farmland extends out into a distant mountain range on the right.
Hans Bol was one of the Netherlands' most successful landscape artists during the 16th century. He did many drawings that were a basis for engravings, ranging from large panoramas to miniature views of the countryside.