A Couple and Their Dog in the Fields, 1904
Courtesy of the owner
Oil on masonite, 25 x 30 inches
A handwritten note on the back claims that the painting once
bore a label indicating that it was displayed in “the Copley exhibition” in Boston in 1902. However,
this is very unlikely, as the painting is not of exhibition quality and the
Copley exhibit of 1902 was devoted solely to paintings of attractive women. The
catalogue for that exhibit makes no mention of William Trego.
The painting is done in a very sketchy fashion and may be a
work Trego did quickly on a request from a cousin. The couple are identical in
pose and position to figures in a black-and-white oil painting
did around that same time as an illustration. However, while the figures in the
illustration painting are quite detailed, the figures in this painting are
notably without details, lacking even facial features.
Obtained from the artist by a member of his cousin Howard
Trego’s family, it has been passed down in the family ever since. The current
owner is a great-grandchild of Howard Trego.
The painting is in fair condition.
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