Provenance Research

Thomas Barker (1769-1847)
England
The Approaching Storm, ca. 1810-20
Oil on walnut panel
17 7/8 x 25 3/4 in. (45.4 x 65.4 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. King, Jr., 1959.237

Signed lower right: "T.B."

Description:
Two young children, a dog, cows, and chickens are outside near a house with wooden shutters and a thatched roof. A storm is beginning to pick up and the girl holds onto her hat in the wind. The other child has fallen to the ground behind her.

Provenance:

Late 1930s:   Unknown collection, reportedly sold by Thomas Freeman Auctioneers, Philadelphia, to [1]
     
Late 1930s-?:   A. Atwater Kent, Philadelphia
     
    Frederick W. King, by descent to [2]
     
    Bertha A. King, by descent to
     
?-1959:   Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. King, Jr., Cincinnati, given to
     
1959-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum


Notes:
[1] Frederick W. King, Jr. indicated in a letter of November 5, 1959, that A. Atwater Kent bought the painting from Thomas Freeman Auctioneers in the late 1930s. Today known as S. T. Freeman & Co., the auction house does not have specific auction sale records and did not find the painting in any auction catalogues dating from 1935 to 1940. See correspondence, February 7, 2002.

[2] According to a letter dated November 9, 1959, from Frederick W. King, Jr. to the CAM, Frederick W. King received the painting as a gift. It is unclear whether King received the painting from A. Atwater Kent or from another source.

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