Oil on canvas with original panel-back stretcher
18.62 in. (47.30 cm.) (height) by 24.50 in. (62.23 cm.) (width)
Inscribed Coleman in chalk on the backing; affixed to the stretcher is an old exhibition label 9 A Capri Villa, morning effect as seen from. . . a window
Wax lined. Backed with but not affixed to, wooden board. Network of fine craquelure with some lifting paint but no associated losses. Touches of inpaint in the sky and along the edges. Difficult to distinguish inpaint under UV exam since pigments fluoresce.
Affixed to the backing is a typed note dated May 1, 1926: Returned to the Museum from Bud- / worth's by request of the artist from Federation of Arts Rotary Exhibition which commenced in 1927 / View of Capri / by Charles Caryl Coleman
Inscribed on the backing Frank Wallis / 144 E 40th St
Rose O'Neill, Bonniebrook, MO Paul O'Neill, her nephew, Springfield, MO Private collection, MA, acquired from the above, 1986 Exhibited: New York, National Academy of Design, Winter exhibition, Nov. 25 - Dec. 7, 1924, no. 87 [as Capri View] Federation of Arts Rotary Exhibition, about 1924-1926 [as View of Capri] Oguinquit, ME, Ogunquit Museum of American Art , Painted Air: American Impressionism, Aug. 14 - Oct. 15, 2000, cat. p. 11, dated circa 1870 Rose O'Neill (1875-1944) was a friend of Coleman's and an artist herself. Today, she may be best remembered as the creator of the Kewpie books, comic strip, and other products. She inherited his Villa Narcissus on Capri. In an email dated July 9, 2002, Adrienne Baxter Bell, who is compiling the catalogue raisonne of Charles Caryl Coleman's work, observed, "As for your... Coleman painting, Capri View... really should be called View of Monte Solaro, Capri. Monte Solaro is the highest mountain on the island, the place from which one derives a panoramic view. The view Coleman selected is one of the most popular, which suggests that he painted this work more for the commercial market than, strictly speaking, for himself."