Tasha Tudor. 1955. 20 ¼" x 15 3/8" exposed through a tan mat (24 1/2" x 19 1/2") within a gilt frame measuring 26" x 21"
This art was commissioned in 1955 at the request of the Assistant treasurer, New Hampshire Savings Bank, Concord, NH. This painting is one of two painted by Tudor to commmeorate the 125th year of the Bank. The Bank opened August 2, 1830.
This is one of the largest individual pieces of watercolor art that we've seen by Tasha Tudor. Undoubtedly the scale of the bank required a painting larger than her usual book form. At the time Tasha Tudor lived in Webster, NH, 10 miles distant from Concord, the state capital.
The bank building in this painting is an old red brick with a bow window on the front. The building, one of the oldest brick buildings in Concord, still stands on North Main Street. It has been a law office for a number of years. 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 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 the recognition. Local history records that the first $100 deposit was made by a minister from a neighboring town who rode in on horse-back to make his deposit.
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. Originally $9600.00.
T. Tudor in the lower right corner.