Oliver Kemp (1887-1934) Painting, "Moose Call"

Framed Oliver Kemp (1887-1934) oil on canvas, "Moose Call" depicting two male figures in a canoe with standing figure holding a horn to his mouth. 1910. Signed lower left, "Oliver Kemp". Canvas verso stamped, "W.I.N." and handwritten, "Kemp / Pap….. / Reproduced / On Front Cover / Popular Magazine / Issue 11/1/10". Labels verso: a) Frank S. Schwartz & Son Philadelphia gallery label and b) Grand Central Art Galleries New York exhibition label, "Call of the Wild: The Primal Adventure Oct 18 - Nov. 10, 1984". This piece, as noted, was designed for the front cover of Popular Magazine, November 1910. Dimensions: 30"h x 20"w; (overall) 36"h x 26"w. Provenance: Frank S. Schwartz & Son, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, Collection of William B. Ruger, Estate of William B. Ruger Jr.. Literature: "After the Hunt, The Art Collection of William B. Ruger, Adrienne Ruger Conzelman, pg. 188. Exhibited: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Frank S. Schwartz & Son, "American Painting, Philadelphia Collection XIII" December 1981, no.34, illus. Kemp was an artist whose illustrations were based on his travels. He made yearly trips to the Rocky Mountains and also visited jungle regions. His works were featured in or on the covers of Harper’s, Collier’s, Scribner’s, Century, and The Saturday Evening Post. He illustrated 11 covers total for The Saturday Evening Post. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $105.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.


Scattered areas of discoloration on canvas verso, greatest lower half. Stretcher bar marks on canvas approximately 1.5" from edge. Scattered small inpainting under UV light at frame edge. Light inpainting to the left of canoe in the water totaling less than 3% of the painting. Scattered wear and dust to frame.

Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000
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