The miracle, as is so often the case, came from an unexpected quarter: a flawless copy was offered for sale by a London auction house late last year. Since Hassam is all but unknown in Europe and the flag series is so specifically American in its appeal, it occurred to me that I might be able to knock down “Avenue of the Allies” with a low-ball bid, and sure enough, I got my price. It was even sold to me in a handsome frame that I saw no reason to change, and it now hangs next to “Storm King” on a wall close to my desk.
“Avenue of the Allies” is one of the first pieces of art that I have bought since Hilary’s passing and without her counsel, but I feel pretty secure in saying that she would have liked and approved of it. I wish she could see it now.
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“Childe Hassam, Artist: A Short Personal Sketch,” a silent short subject produced in 1932 by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. It shows the artist at home and at work: