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Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900)
Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900)

Sailing on the Lake

Details
Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900)
Sailing on the Lake
signed and dated 'J.F. Cropsey/1873.' (lower left)
oil on canvas
12 1/8 x 20 1/8 in. (30.8 x 51.1 cm.)
Painted in 1873.
Provenance
James Graham & Sons, New York, by 1971 (as Greenwood Lake, New Jersey).
Private collection, circa 1970.
Private collection, by descent.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, circa 2009.
Literature
"J.F. Cropsey," New York Herald, March 25, 1873, p. 5 (as Greenwood Lake).
"Art Matters: J. F. Cropsey," New York Evening Telegram, March 25, 1873, p. 1.
(Probably) "Art Notes," New York Evening Post, March 27, 1873, p. 1 (as Autumn-Greenwood Lake).
A.M. Speiser, ed., Jasper Francis Cropsey, Catalogue Raisonné: Works in Oil, vol. 2, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, 2016, pp. 146, 152-53, no. 1177, illustrated.

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Lot Essay

According to Kenneth W. Maddox, "The New York Herald described [the present work] that the writer saw in Cropsey's 200 West 43rd Street studio as 'full of lightness, brightness and sweetness. The landscape is pervaded with a rosy hue, which the water reflects. The Autumn trees are deeply dyed with red and orange and the clouds are full of golden light. The treatment of this theme suggests some of the more recent and successful elaborations of William Hart in the same class of subjects, but at the same time they are thoroughly original and strong.' This is probably the same painting that the New York Evening Post described two days later as a 'superb 'Autumn--Greenwood Lake.''" (Jasper Francis Cropsey, Catalogue Raisonné: Works in Oil, vol. 2, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, 2016, p. 153) Greenwood Lake is located on the border of the towns of Greenwood Lake, New York, and West Milford, New Jersey.

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