ALBERT (OR ALBRECHT) SCHENCK (1828-1901)
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THE LAST HOUR (YEAR?) &
THE FLOCK (YEAR?)
This is Datapage 23 re Auguste (or August) Friedrich (or Frederic) Albrecht (or Albert) Schenck.
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Thanks to the kindness of 'martin2001' (whose store is here & whose e-Bay store is here), we now have some limited words about the two works featured on this page.
The words come from a volume entitled 'The Art Treasures of America - being the choicest works of art in the public and private collections of North America', one of two volumes, published by George Barrie, Publisher, of Philadelphia. Edited by Edward Strahan. 'Copyright 1879 by G & B; 1880 by George Barrie.' (G & B means Gebbie & Barrie Publishers, I believe).
THE LAST HOUR (YEAR?)
For many years now, the existence of a work named 'The Last Hour' has been known to the webmaster. But no data whatsoever has come to his attention about it. All that was known was that it was briefly mentioned in an 1884 volume, 'Artists of the Nineteenth Century', as you can read on page 01, (second section of text in a white box), the work being stated as being owned by Mr. Gibson of Philadelphia at that time.
I do not today, in 2009, have an image of the work. But I do now have, from the volume referred to above, & thanks to 'martin2001', the following descriptive words about 'The Last Hour', which work was said to then be in the collection of Mr. Henry C. Gibson of Philadelphia.
Schenck, of Ecouen, in "The Last Hour," has a conspicuous composition of life-size sheep, huddled together in the butcher's shambles, and driven almost frantic by the red floor and smell of blood. This premonition of doom is well known to those who have watched the killing of sheep, and the terror and despair of these soft, helpless criminals, expressed with very practical realism, has made a tragic opportunity for the painter of which he has availed himself more strikingly than gracefully.
It would seem to be a very large work with that reference to life-size sheep!
Also from the same volume referred to above, is a list of the works then in the collection of Mr. Daniel Catlin of Saint Louis. The list itself names the work 'The Flock'. (SCHENCK, A. F. A. - The Flock) The limited descriptive words that follow name it 'Flock of Sheep'. I suspect that the former name is the more accurate of the two name references.
Again, I do not today, in 2009, have an image of the work.
A subject of a "Flock of Sheep" (5 x 3 feet), by Schenck of Ecouen, delineates his ordinary sitters in natural and vigorous attitudes, their dog among them for schoolmaster.
The reference to the schoolmaster is a bit obscure. But that's all I know, folks!
Perhaps one day, the present location of both of the above works will become known & images of them may become available. Maybe YOU could provide new data or could provide a clue as to where new data about the above works (or indeed any other Schenck work) might be found. If you can, I would truly welcome your input.
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