Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1900) View of Richmond Hill 12 1/2 x 20 1/2in

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Lot 81
Jasper Francis Cropsey
(American, 1823-1900)
View of Richmond Hill 12 1/2 x 20 1/2in

Sold for US$ 50,000 inc. premium

American Art

21 May 2014, 14:00 EDT

New York

Property from a Private Collection, Charlottesville, Virginia
Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1900)
View of Richmond Hill
oil on canvas
12 1/2 x 20 1/2in

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    The artist
    Isabel Steinschneider, granddaughter of the above, by descent
    Private collection, doctor of the above, possibly acquired from the above
    Dr. Michael Bender, acquired from the above
    By descent to the present owner

    LITERATURE:
    K. Maddox, Jasper Francis Cropsey Catalogue Raisonné Works in Oil, Volume One: 1842-1863, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, 2013, p. 359, no. 670, illustrated.

    EXHIBITED:
    Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Scenes from a Century Past--Reflections of the Spirit: Vibrant Forces for Rebirth as We Enter the New Millennium, 2000 (as Study for Richmond Hill in the Summer of 1862).
    Yonkers, New York, Hudson River Museum, The Panoramic River: the Hudson and the Thames, February 2-May 19, 2013, p. 164, illustrated (as Richmond Hill Study).

    During his second trip England from 1856-1863, Jasper Cropsey produced two grand scale, panoramic landscapes that were met with great critical acclaim. Autumn - On the Hudson River of 1860 which now resides in the National Gallery in Washington D.C., was well received by the press and burnished the young artist's reputation earning him, in part, an audience with Queen Victoria. Following on his recent success, Cropsey unveiled Richmond Hill in the Summer of 1862. Both works were massive in scale, nine and eight feet long respectively, and seen at the time as virtual pendants.

    The view of the Thames from Richmond Hill outside of London was always a popular prospect for many artists, poets and sightseers. The city of Richmond, Virginia derives its name because its view over the James River reminded its founder William Byrd of his experience in Richmond, England as a youth.

    Richmond Hill most likely dates from 1861 and is one of two extant preparatory oils for his larger composition. Here, the artist concentrates solely on the landscape attempting to capture the summer atmosphere above the shimmering river. In his later study he adds a couple of figures to the landscape, ultimately including an array of men, women, children and animals in the foreground in the final composition.

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  • Please note that this lot is incorrectly listed as lot 82 in the printed catalog.
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