Through our friend Richard, we have become aware of three Francis Quirk watercolors coming up for auction. Two are signed and dated 1965. All of them contain numerous figures engaged in sporting activities. The first has figures active at the shore theme, the second a general sports theme and the final has a sports figures in white theme. (Clicking on the links will take you to the auction page.)
|Watercolor of figures at the shore by Francis J. Quirk|
|Watercolor of Sporting Figures signed by Francis J. Quirk 1965|
|Watercolor of Sporting Figures in White signed by Francis J. Quirk 1965|
This brings up the question as to the purpose of the works. He put considerable effort into getting the figures right and the background effects. They are more than just extensive collections of figure studies. Could they have been produced for illustrative purposes? Or was this produced for commercial sale? Professor Quirk had homes in Prescott, Arizona, Saco, Maine as well as Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Selling art would have been helpful to support this real estate empire and raising two children.