Goldenrod and Aster, 1907
Courtesy of the owner
Vital StatisticsAlternate title: Daisy Field
Oil on canvas, 34 x 37 inches
Signed lr: “Wm. T. Trego”
Titled, signed and dated on the back in paint: “Goldenrod and Aster/Aug. 26 &27, 1907, Wm. T. Trego.” Also on reverse, there is a paper label on the stretcher for F. Weber and Company, 1123 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, a leading supplier of fine art materials from 1853 to 1980.
The specific dates on the back combined with the sketchy nature of the painting suggest that it was painted for one of his cousins during a family visit in the late summer of 1907. The woman in the blue dress standing in a meadow of goldenrod and other wild flowers, could well be a daughter or granddaughter of Howard Trego. The current owner’s grandmother told stories of watching the artist paint when she was young.
Obtained from the artist by a member of his cousin Howard Trego’s family and passed down in the family ever since. The current owner is a fourth generation descendant of Howard Trego.
The painting is beginning to suffer some condition issues. There is evident cracking of the surface and three small flakes of paint have disengaged from the surface.