Charles Baskerville, Jr. (New York/North Carolina, 1896 – 1994)
The Monastery of St. John the Theologian, Ratmos, Greece, 1977
Oil painting on canvas board
Signed to lower right
Title inscribed to verso
Charles Baskerville, Jr. enrolled in architecture at Cornell University and became the art director of the university’s yearbook and magazine, The Cornell University Widow. While in the hospital after being injured in combat during WWI, Baskerville made sketches of his comrades that were later published Scribner’s Magazine. He contributed to The New Yorkerunder the pseudonym, “Top Hat,” which garnered him portrait and mural commissions. During his military service in World War II, Baskerville traveled abroad as the official portrait painter of the United States Air Force. He created over sixty portraits of officers and soldiers that are currently on permanent display at the Pentagon. Paintings by Charles Baskerville Jr. are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
- several areas of paint loss to upper edge; scattered accretion; nicks and finish loss to frame; name plate is missing to frame.
- measurement of frame; visible image measures 23.5" W x 17.5" H.