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St. Nicholas

Object Number: 
1951.76
Date: 
1837
Medium: 
Oil on wood panel
Dimensions: 
Overall: 30 x 25 3/8 in. ( 76.2 x 64.5 cm ) Frame: 34 7/8 x 29 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (88.6 x 74.9 x 6.4 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Initials of the artist's sons are on the stockings: W.W. [Walter Weir] and R.W. [Robert Weir]
Description: 
A small dwarf-like Santa Claus with white moustache and eyebrows retreats, laughing, into a fireplace looking back over his right shoulder, his right arm extended, his left hand raised near his face; he wears a short red cape lined with white fur, its hood over his head, a white clay pipe attached to its front; he wears a brown jacket with dark piping under the cape and brown pants tucked into loose brown knee-high leather boots; a set of black rosary beads suspended from his belt under his cape; o n his back he carries a rattan satchel overflowing with toys; the blue-tiled fireplace hung with three stockings; fire tools on either side of hearth; andiron in the form of crouching men supporting brass balls, a brass kettle on stand at lower right of fireplace; on the floor a partially peedled and cut orange and a broken clay pipe; to the right a pewter flagon, an armchair and a pair of men's black slippers with red bows; at lower left an overtunred stoo; over the mantle a large coat-of0arms.
Bibliography: 
Gallati, Barbara Dayer, "American Genre painting and the Rise of 'Average Taste,'" The Magazine Antiques, November/December, 2011, pp. 134-141.
Credit Line: 
Gift of George A. Zabriskie
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group