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    Sale 2003

    Important American Paintings, Drawings And Sculpture

    21 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 109

    John Frederick Kensett (1816-1872)

    White Mountains

    Price Realised  

    John Frederick Kensett (1816-1872)
    White Mountains
    oil on canvas
    12½ x 22 in. (31.8 x 55.9 cm.)


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    In the nineteenth century, the White Mountains of New Hampshire were considered to be one of the most picturesque locations in the northeastern United States. It is not surprising that numerous artists of the Hudson River School were drawn to the area including Thomas Cole, Frederic Church and John F. Kensett. Kensett painted some of his most successful depictions of the White Mountains in the nearby town of North Conway, which had developed into an unofficial artist's colony. Paintings of the White Mountains are often thought to reveal Kensett's best sense of composition and enabled him to develop his skills with color, as he revisited the site many times throughout his oeuvre.

    This painting will be included in the forthcoming John F. Kensett catalogue raisonné being prepared under the direction of Dr. John Driscoll.

    Provenance

    Private collection, circa 1940s.
    By descent to the present owner.