Thomas Pitts

Gari Melchers American, 1860-1932

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About the Artwork

Thomas Pitts

1887

Gari Melchers

1860-1932

American

Unknown

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 40 × 31 1/2 inches (101.6 × 80 cm) Framed: 49 × 40 × 4 3/4 inches (124.5 × 101.6 × 12.1 cm)

Paintings

American Art before 1950

Founders Society Purchase: Gibbs-Williams Fund

58.362

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Markings

Signed and dated, lower right: Gari Melchers | Detroit 1887

Inscribed, lower right: Gari Melchers | Detroit 1887

Provenance

Thomas Pitts. Lendall Pitts. Mrs. Lendall Pitts. 1958-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Published References

Goodwin, D. Life and Services of James Pitts. Chicago, 1881, p. 39.

___________. Provincial Pictures by Brush and Pen. Chicago, 1886, pp. 7-8, 71-72.

First Annual Exhibition and Art Loan Under the Auspices of the Art Club of Detroit. Exh. cat., Detroit Museum of Art. Detroit, 1895, p. 51, no. 598C.

Payne, Elizabeth H. Portraits of Eight Generations of the Pitts Family: From the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century. Detroit, 1959, pp. 42-43 (ill.)

E.H.P. “Gari Melchers’ Portrait of Thomas Pitts.” Bulletin of the DIA 39, 1 (1959-1960): p. 11.

“Pitts Family Portraits of the 18th Century.” Antiques (January 1960): pp. 87-89.

Gari Melchers: A Centenary Exhibition. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1960.

Kenny, Sister M. Kilian. A History of Painting in Michigan 1850-World War II. Ph. D. diss., Wayne State University. Detroit, 1965, p. 199 (pl. 16).

“The Old Northwest Territory.” Antiques (March 1965): pp. 302-311 (ill.).

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Credit Line for Reproduction

Gari Melchers, Thomas Pitts, 1887, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase: Gibbs-Williams Fund, 58.362.

Thomas Pitts
Thomas Pitts