Richard Lowell Neas, 1983
Interior illustration, study, or rendering in watercolor on paper of a drawing or living room by the renowned late New York City interior designer Richard Lowell Neas signed and dated 1983 and presented as originally French matted and giltwood framed by him as a birthday gift to a client and inscribed on the verso “Painted for beautiful Jane on her birthday, August 1983, with deep affection, Dick Neas”. Work measures 12.5″ by 19″.
Biography: Richard Lowell Neas (1928 -1995), an interior designer and decorative painter known for his lyrical trompe l’oeil murals was born in Independence, Missouri and studied at the Art Institute in Kansas City, where he began to specialize in the decorative Craft of trompe l’oeil, creating architectural and garden scenes on the walls and ceilings of rooms. One of his early commissions was from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. to recreate the interior of The Globe Theatre full-scale. Mr. Neas created decorative paintings for clients such as Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper, Nelson Doubleday, Annette de la Renta, John Hay Whitney, and Jane and Charles Engelhard. Mr. Neas was also a successful and noted interior designer. He frequently decorated rooms in the Kips Bay Decorator Show Houses and in 1984 was chosen to design a suite of rooms for Queen Elizabeth II upon her visit to a private home in Versailles, Kentucky. Both of Mr. Neas’ homes, a 1920s house in Amagansett, New York, and an 18th-century rectory he restored in Perigord, France, were widely photographed and featured in European and American shelter magazines. This biography condensed from his obituary published January 31, 1995 in the New York Times.
Condition: Good. Shadowing on mat and work pictured is glare from the glass when photographed; there is no staining. Minor wear to frame.
Number of items: Sold
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