ALL: Master Collection List

 

Nationality

American

Artist Dates

1878-1960

Title of Work

Untitled

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Date of Work

1909

Medium

Oil on canvas

Signature

Upper left

Height

65"

Width

52"

Collection/Provenance

University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Stored: Room 211, W01

Location

UND Art Collections Repository

Artist Bio

Born in Iowa, Ashford grew up in South Dakota before studying art in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York. In 1907, he moved to Paris, France, where he painted until the outbreak of World War I. Returning to the United States in 1914, his last years were spent in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Additional Information

Ashford's painting, which was executed in Paris, appears to be a literary subject, perhaps related to Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. Prior to 2004, when the painting was removed from public display at UND, it suffered from both careless neglect and intentional abuse while hanging in a public hallway on campus. Still in serious need of restoration, it serves as the UND Art Collections unofficial "poster child" for artworks needing conservation.

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