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Artist Name:       Walter Elmer Schofield
Artist Dates:        1866 - 1944
Painting Date:      1914
Medium:             Oil on Canvas
Signature:            Signed
Provenance:         Private Collection
Condition:            Excellent
Size Unframed:    26 x 30
Frame Condition:  Newcomb Macklin*
Artist Best Price: $456,000
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Curator's Comments: In 1895, with his charismatic and influential friend, painter Robert Henri,
and fellow art student William Glackens, Walter Elmer Schofield started in Paris and  bicycled round
Holland and Belgium to view the Dutch masters. The trip that established him as the "landscape bird,"
among the Philadelphia Gang. The phrase comes from a letter from Sloan to Henri, where the far
lesser painter calls Schofield's work  "remarkably knowing for a  landscape bird." And indeed Schofield
ranks with Redfield as one of the leading American impressionist landscape painters. He was born
September 10, 1866 (rev.) in Philadelphia.  His parents had emigrated from England, and Schofield
descended from an illustrious creative family; his mother, Mary Wollstonecraft Schofield, was the
grand-niece of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the author of
Frankenstein. Not enjoying the best of health
as a child, he was sent out West by his father to toughen him up, and, for eighteen months in 1884-5,
he lived the life of a cowboy.  Schofield  went on to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art,
studying with Thomas Anshutz from 1889-92, before leaving for the Academie Julian in Paris, where he
studied under Bouguereau, and Ferrier,  but his travels in France and especially Brittany fired his
enthusiasm for Impressionism. In October 1897, he married Muriel Redmayne, whom he had met
initially in Philadelphia.  In 1901, they emigrated to England, living initially in Southport, Muriel's
former hometown.  In 1903, now with two young sons, they  moved to St Ives, Cornwall, where they
stayed for four years, during which time he was instrumental in getting work by his St Ives friends,
particularly Hayley Lever, hung in American shows.  His focus on landscape painting intensified, and  
he was influenced by the plein-air approach of the artist colony. He adopted a broader view and lighter
palette, and proclaimed to his compatriots: "Zero weather, rain, falling snow, wind - all of these things
to contend with only make the open-air painter love the fight...He is an open-air man, wholesome,
healthy, hearty, and his art, sane and straightforward, reflects his temperament."  In addition,
Schofield started to use huge canvases for his outdoor works, and the result was boldly painted
panoramic landscapes.  
"Cornish Coast"brought $43,000 in 2008
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The Artist, ca. 1935
Two Newly Offered Magnificent Schofield's For Sale!
"A Woodland Stream"
"The Coast of Cornwall"
Artist Name:       Walter Elmer Schofield
Artist Dates:        1866 - 1944
Painting Date:      1931
Medium:             Oil on Canvas
Signature:            Signed
Provenance:         Private Collection
Condition:            Excellent
Size Unframed:    26 x 30
Frame Condition:  Antique
Artist Best Price:   $456,000
Offered At:             CALL
*Click Here For Our Separate Illustrated Discussion of Newcomb Macklin Framing
"Spring Morning" brought $57,000 in 2005
Independent researcher and descendant James Church, based on Scholfield's letter to his wife
(Polperro, 7/8/14) and records of the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, believes that T
he Coast of
was painted during a visit in the summer of 1914. "From the inspection of the photographs
provided," he writes, "both picture and frame appear to be similar in style to those used by Schofield
before the Great War." And a further work from this visit,
Polperro Harbor, signed and dated 1914, is
still in the colllection of the Memorial Art Gallery.  It was at this venue and alongside this smaller
work that
The Coast of Cornwall seems to have been shown  in 1915 as follows: An Exhibition of
Paintings by W.Elmer Schofield (February 16 to March 7, 1915) No. 27
The Coast of Cornwall. While
overseeing the exhibition in Rochester, Schofield was photographed painting
The Lower Falls in snow
from the Driving Park Bridge and this featured in a newspaper article in March 1915. The finished
canvas of
The Lower Falls was then placed on the line at the exhibition and is now also in the
Permanent Collection. Soon  after this exhibition, Schofield volunteered for the British Army,
although an American citizen, and served until 1919. The almost identical dimensions, similar style
and certain date of
The Lower Falls, are thought to provide evidence for the proposed date and
exhibition history of
The Coast of Cornwall. In 1921, Schofield  returned to Cornwall, living  in
Perranporth for four years, but he spent as much as nine months a year in America, painting with the
New Hope school  and in the West.  In 1937, his son Sidney purchased Godolphin House, a manor
house dating from the 15th century, near Helston, and the Schofields returned to Cornwall in 1938.  In
1941, after his son's marriage, they moved to Gwedna House, a smaller residence on the estate, where
he died in 1944.
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