Archive for March, 2013

Brewster F2A2 by Eric Sloane

March 17, 2013 |  by  |  No Comments

Brewster F2 A2 by Eric Sloane, N.A. (1905-1985).  An early c.1942 illustration by Eric Sloane.  A charmingly rendered pen, ink, colored pencil and chalk drawing of a Brewster F2 A2 in an original mat created by the artist.  Signed Eric Sloane lower right.  Attractively housed in an aircraft aluminum frame utilizing modern archival materials and under museum grade UV protective glass.  Additionally, the original backing is also framed showing an original Eric Sloane signature and “Sky Top Studio” moniker written in Eric Sloane’s hand.  Above this is an original business card, c. 1940, created by Eric Sloane and advertising his services as “Eric Sloane, Aviation Artist”.  This business card is extremely rare – I have only heard of the existence of one other but have never been able to confirm the rumor to be true – and appears on the dust jacket of the Eric Sloane biography Aware: A Retrospective of the Life and Work of Eric Sloane.  Please contact the gallery for pricing information.  Sorry – Sold.

March 16, 2013 |  by  |  No Comments

Welcome to the New Items portion of the Weather Hill Farm blog.  When you scroll down, you will find many items that are currently for sale or have been recently sold.  We specialize in early American furniture and decorative arts, as well as specializing in illustrations and paintings by Eric Sloane.  We have many more illustrations and paintings by Eric Sloane than pictured throughout this website.  Be sure to click on the Older Entries link at the bottom of this page for additional items for sale.  Please feel free to contact us at any time for additional information – 570-204-2906.

Autumn Memories by Eric Sloane

March 16, 2013 |  by  |  No Comments


Autumn Memories by Eric Sloane, N.A. 24″ x 28”. Oil on Panel in an original frame made by the artist. Signed Eric Sloane on verso along with his telephone number at the time.  A special opportunity to acquire an original Eric Sloane painting never before offered to the public and with a special familial provenance.

     Autumn Memories comes complete with a letter from Ruth Hinrichs, 5th wife of Eric Sloane.  The letter explains how Ruth’s sister Elizabeth was to be married and Eric Sloane was asked to be best man by the groom.  It seemed that Eric informed the groom that the only way that he could serve as best man was that if he could get a date – which he was sure that he could not accomplish on his own – no date, no best man at the wedding.  Undeterred, the groom convinced bride Elizabeth to ask her sister Ruth to be Eric’s date.  After all, he insisted, Eric Sloane was a good friend and “all around good guy” – Eric and Ruth would have a a nice dinner at the wedding, depart as friends, and perhaps occasionally see each other at parties thrown by the newly and happily married couple.  Elizabeth consented to ask, Ruth said she’d go as Eric’s date, and everyone was happy.

Come the wedding date, Eric Sloane was charming if not a bit eccentric.  He told Ruth at dinner that they were going to be the next couple to be married.  Ruth thought he was a bit off his rocker, but they did have a good time after all.  A few weeks later, Eric Sloane and Ruth Rohland were married.

As a wedding gift to the newly married Elizabeth and Freddy, Eric Sloane invited them into New York City to see his latest works being hung for sale in a Grand Central Gallery show.  It was the evening before the opening reception and the workers were still putting the finishing touches on the placements and the lighting.  Freddy, Elizabeth, and Ruth were treated to a fascinating, personal show by the artist himself.  When Eric came to the last painting hanging in the gallery, he turned to Elizabeth and asked her which painting was her absolute favorite.  Elizabeth reviewed all of them again and was immediately drawn to Autumn Memories, as it reminded her so much of afternoons spent walking in the New England countryside.  She revealed to Eric her favorite and was absolutely astonished when Eric took it from the wall, handed it to Freddy, and said, “Here.  I just remembered that I never did give you a wedding present”.

     Autumn Memories hung in Freddy and Elizabeth’s home from 1957-2000, when I purchased it directly from Elizabeth with Ruth acting as intermediary.  It has been professionally cleaned and varnished and is in exceptional original condition, retaining the original barn board frame made by Eric Sloane.  A very special opportunity for someone to obtain a charming original Eric Sloane oil on Masonite painting in exceptional original condition, complete provenance, and one that has not previously been offered for sale to the public.  Additionally, 25% of the purchase price will be donated by Weather Hill Farm to the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.   Please contact the gallery for pricing information.

March 10, 2013 |  by  |  No Comments

I am touched by the number of people who I meet or who write to me describing the profound impact Eric Sloane has had on their lives.  Some speak of a direct connection that has changed the direction of a life towards a satisfying vocation in history, art, or architecture, while still others speak and write of a less direct – but no less powerful – connection to the works of Eric Sloane which has kindled an interest in organic gardening, or a hobby of re-purposing old barn siding into new and useful objects.  These connections are often powerful – and emotional – the impact of the life and work of a man that most have never met.

Perhaps you, too, have a connection to Eric Sloane and recognize ways in which his work influenced your life.  I believe that this is true in my own life and I embrace the notion that, because of this positive influence, I am indebted to him and his legacy.  If you feel as I do, it is time to stand up and be counted among the thousands of people who feel the same by joining the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum.  You can acknowledge and pay that debt by promoting and preserving the museum.


March 9, 2013 |  by  |  No Comments

          Below appears a tentative schedule of events for the 2013 season at the Eric Sloane Museum:

Calendar of Events at the Eric Sloane Museum for 2013

Re-use, Re-cycle, Re-purpose

Eric Sloane, the town dump, and re-imagining refuse

This year’s theme playfully links the site of the Eric Sloane Museum as Kent’s first town dump with examinations of how we re-use and re-cycle.  Come explore this theme with us throughout 2013.

May 4th –       Spring Power Up at CAMA. Discounted admission to the Sloane    Museum

May 18th –     Kent’s Town Dump and the Eric Sloane Museum

Historical Trash – Bill Tobin on the history of the Kent Town Dump

What Trash Can Tell Us – Making your own archeological    discoveries

June 8th –       Connecticut Open House – Art at WorkRepurposing Old Tools     11 a.m. – 3 p.m.   Free admission to the Eric Sloane Musuem

July 4th –        The Annual Ringing of the Bells Ceremony @ The Eric Sloane Museum

July 20-27th – Re-use, Re-cycle, Re-imagine, Re-purpose – Trash Art Contest & Exhibit for kids and adults.  July 7 – Opening reception & Making Toys From Discarded and Everyday Objects workshop for children & young adults.

August           The Art of the Repair:  Fixing, Mending, and Frugality

Sept. 28th       Eric Sloane’s Legacy:  Kids Day at the Eric Sloane Museum.

Sept.               Heritage Walk and Kent Iron Furnace Tour on the museum grounds

October         Connecticut artists George Lawrence Nelson and Eric Sloane.  A joint program between the Eric Sloane Museum and the Kent Historical Society.

For more information on any of these programs, please call the Eric Sloane Museum at 860-927-3849

March 8, 2013 |  by  |  No Comments

Did Eric Sloane have a pilot’s license?  This issue has been a source of speculation for years. Without question, Eric flew with many pilots including Wiley Post. He makes mention in several books of his being taught to fly. However, I have never uncovered evidence that he actually obtained a pilot’s license. I do know that he never owned a plane, and two of his wives confirmed that at the time of their respective marriages, Eric Sloane did not posses a pilot’s license.

March 8, 2013 |  by  |  No Comments

Did Eric Sloane really have 6 wives?  Here is the record:

Fredginia LeRouge (marriage c. 1929)

Barbara (Bobbie) Lawrence (marriage c. 1934)

Gina Bertanzel (marriage c. 1953)

Lynn Terry (marriage c. 1955)

Ruth Hinrichs (marriage April 25, 1957)

Miriam (Mimi) Carman (marriage c. 1971).

I often thought that, for a man who wrote much about the benefits of being alone and who clearly painted subject matter that conveyed the loneliness of rural life, Eric Sloane sure didn’t want to be alone for long – matrimonially speaking.

March 8, 2013 |  by  |  No Comments

Eric Sloane – 1905-1985 or 1910-1985?  This question comes up often, with reputable sources who should know better often using the incorrect birth date for Eric.  Eric Sloane had an aversion to dates.  I have several pieces of correspondence written by him that are not dated, and I have seen several other letters written by Sloane, none of them dated.  To my best recollection, the only Eric Sloane painting upon which Eric included a date was Coming Home, a painting recently featured on this website.

Many years ago, I took Ruth Hinrichs out to lunch on Long Island.  I’d ring Ruth up on the telephone occasionally and ask her if she would like to go to lunch – she loved The Ruby Room in Mineola, and another restaurant – whose name escapes me – when she wanted to go to brunch.  On one of these occasions together Ruth and I talked about Eric Sloane’s aversions to dates and dating things.  She remembered once, very early in her marriage to Eric Sloane, she was trying to help him remember something that had happened a few years earlier and was “walking him through the math” trying to determine when it had occurred.  The effect of that conversation on Eric Sloane was striking.  He became visibly ashen, as if all of the color drained from his face, according to Ruth.  His countenance had changed so dramatically, that Ruth and Eric never spoke of dates again throughout there marriage.

It was Eric himself who began the controversy over his date of birth.  Sloane wrote “I confess to having gained five years in Who’s Who (giving my birth date as 1910 instead of 1905) and I hope sticklers will forgive that childish prank (Sloane, Eric. Eighty. New York: Dodd Mead & Company, 1985, no pagination).”  Eric Sloane’s correct birth year is 1905, not 1910.  And seeing how March was Eric’s birth month, a happy birthday to you, Eric Sloane!

Coming Home by Eric Sloane

March 5, 2013 |  by  |  No Comments

Coming Home by Eric Sloane.  Dramatic and evocative cloudscape with a very special story.  16″ tall x 36″ wide.  Signed and dated, lower right, with a holly leaf inscription.  One of the few Eric Sloane paintings I have seen that is dated as Eric Sloane admitted to a fierce aversion to dating anything.  The date is 1945 and the holly leaf signifies that the painting was commissioned as a Christmas gift by the wife of an Army Air Corps pilot returning from combat theatre after V-E Day – returning to her just in time for Christmas of 1945.  Wonderful clouds and an expressive gradation in light – down below at ground level lights twinkle as darkness has already descended, where as up above at the pilot’s flight level there is still the pink glow of the setting sun.  Charming, warm, emotional, and evocative – everything that a great Eric Sloane cloudscape should be.  Cleaned and re-framed in an attractive barn wood frame with gilt liner.  Sorry – Sold.

Marshland Cloudscape by Eric Sloane

March 5, 2013 |  by  |  No Comments

Marshland Cloudscape by Eric Sloane, N.A.  Pen and ink with colored pencil and chalk highlights on paper.  20.25″ tall x 20.25″ wide by site; 12″ x 12″ image size.  Signed Eric Sloane, N.A. lower right.  In original Walter Skor frame.  Re-framed using all acid free materials and housed under museum quality UV protective glass.  Marshland Cloudscape appears in Eric Sloane’s For Spacious Skies (1978) on page 45.  Excellent condition.  Please contact gallery for pricing.  Sorry – sold.