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"A GROUP ON THE STEPS OF THE BANK"



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"A GROUP ON THE STEPS OF THE BANK" ill. Tasha Tudor. ca.1955. 20 " x 15 3/8" exposed through. T. Tudor in the lower right corner.

The art was commissioned ca. 1955 at the request of the Assistant treasurer, New Hampshire Savings Bank, Concord, NH. This is one of the largest individual pieces of watercolor art that we've seen come from Tasha Tudor's easel. Undoubtedly the scale of the bank required a painting larger than her usual form. The bank building in this painting is an old red brick with a bow window on the front. It does not resemble any building currently standing in Concord. Indeed, the New Hampshire Savings Bank itself was merged into another organization about the year 2000. Green leaves and vines at the top of the painting suggest wisteria and a hickory tree in front of the building. The colors are all muted from Tudor's normal pallet. The image shows 3 women, 2 men and 2 children at the door of a bank. The banker (resembling Mr. Pickwick) stands on the door step ready to admit the day's customers. The assembled people are dressed in the style of the early 19th century, and therefore may represent the bank's first customers on opening day. This would be in keeping with the historical theme of a centennial recognition. This piece is one of a pair commissioned by the New Hampshire Savings Bank, Concord, NH, for its centennial observances in 1955. The Assistant Treasurer of the bank approached Tasha Tudor to create the art. At the time Tasha Tudor lived in Webster, NH, 10 miles distant from Concord, the state capital. We have not opened the frame to examine the art. The owner had a new mat installed over the piece ca. 1995. It has remained under glass since that time and has not been regularly displayed.

$9600.00

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