Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1900) Hackensack Meadows 9 x 15 3/4in unframed

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Lot 12
Jasper Francis Cropsey
(American, 1823-1900)
Hackensack Meadows 9 x 15 3/4in unframed

Sold for US$ 66,000 inc. premium

American Paintings

28 Nov 2007, 17:00 EST

New York

Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1900)
Hackensack Meadows
signed and dated 'J.F. Cropsey 1890' (lower right)
oil on canvas
9 x 15 3/4in
unframed

Footnotes

  • Note:
    Between the years 1885 and 1896 Cropsey produced at least eight watercolor studies and one unlocated oil relating to the Hackensack meadows. One of the closest in composition to the present work is Autumn Landscape (Hackensack Meadows),1891 (see Sotheby’s Mach 14 1996, lot 7). In a letter to the owner, Rev. George Schwainfurth, dated 0ctober 30, 1891, Cropsey’s description the watercolor and scenery could just as easily pertain our oil painted only a year earlier:

    “The ‘The Hackensack Meadows’…I have regarded as one of my best artistic efforts—full of light and air, and space—with a far-off “oer the Hills and far away” look: and an atmosphere of a cool and fresh morning. The Hackensack Meadows are a stretch of low marsh land only about a mornings journey from the city of New York; westward of Hoboken in New Jersey. Factories are here and there on the edge of the sedgey land—and boats—and shipping craft, and trade lies along the deeper part of the waters while the foreground is full of nooks where cattle can wade knee-deep.”

    This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work in preparation by the Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
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