THOMAS G. CHAMBERS (1808-1869)
THOMAS G. CHAMBERS (1808-1869)
THOMAS G. CHAMBERS (1808-1869)
THOMAS G. CHAMBERS (1808-1869)
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THOMAS G. CHAMBERS (1808-1869)

VIEW OF NAHANT [SUNSET]

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THOMAS G. CHAMBERS (1808-1869)
VIEW OF NAHANT [SUNSET]
signed T. Chambers (lower left)
Painted circa 1843-1850
oil on canvas
25 1⁄4 x 35 in.
Provenance
Dana Tillou, Buffalo, New York
M. Austin and Jill R. Fine, Maryland
Sotheby's, New York, 30 January 1987, lot 841
Literature
Kathleen A. Foster, Thomas Chambers: American Marine Landscape Painter, 1808-1869 (New Haven, 2008), p. 35, fig. 2-13.
Peter Goodman, Notebook, no. 870.
Kathleen A. Foster, “New Light on Thomas Chambers,” Incollect (8 November 2013), fig. 9, available at incollect.com, accessed 3 January 2022.
Exhibited
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Museum of Art; Glens Falls, New York, Hyde Collection; New York, American Folk Art Museum; Bloomington, Indiana, Indiana University Art Museum, Thomas Chambers: American Marine and Landscape Painter, 27 September-28 December 2008 (Philadelphia), 8 February-19 April 2009 (Glens Falls), 29 Septamber 2009-7 March 2010 (New York), 26 March-30 Mary 2010 (Bloomington).

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Lot Essay

With dramatic lighting and dynamic composition, View of Nahant [Sunset] is one of only five known works in the Nahant series by artist Thomas Chambers. The largest of the group, it is the only rendition depicting this time of day and the setting sun allows for an explosive use of color. Consistent in his portrayals of Nahant is the steamship Britannia (center) sailing southwest towards the shipping channel to Boston. Living in the area, Chambers would have been familiar with the topography. Here, however, he has altered the scene and the decorative and romantic nature of this work suggests he was most interested in presenting his own personal interpretation of the harbor. For further information on Chambers see Kathleen A. Foster, Thomas Chambers: American Marine Landscape Painter, 1808-1869 (New Haven, 2008).

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