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#40. Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo.

  20 x 27, oil on cardboard. "Gilbert Munger" lower right. Kennedy Galleries, New York City, label on the back. The painting depicts the view looking west at the ruined mission in Carmel CA with the Pacific Ocean beyond. A newspaper article from the San Francisco Bulletin on 27 June 1873 describes Munger sketches of this scene. Sold at Christie's London King Street auction of 13 February 1970, lot 54, for $754 to the London dealer Frank T. Sabin. The catalog description states:
This and the following six lots were given to Lt. Col. McMurdo, of Charles St., London, W.1, by the artist in settlement of a debt. They were then given to the present owner's father who was Lt. Col. McMurdo's company secretary.
(The other six lots are paintings #8, #48, #50, #62, #71, and #72). From Sabin to Kennedy Galleries, in March 1970, then to a Rancho Santa Fe CA collector via Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, around 1980. Sold from the collection of Meredith Hill Kwiatkowski, Fort Collins CO, at the Leslie Hindman Art of the American West auction of 9 November 2018, Denver CO, as lot 6, for $5,500 + 25%. IAP 61022244,. See The Kennedy Quarterly, June, 1970, p.68; and The Kennedy Quarterly, June 1979, p.239. Image from digital photo provided by Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco.

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