JASPER FRANCIS CROPSEY (1823-1900)
JASPER FRANCIS CROPSEY (1823-1900)
JASPER FRANCIS CROPSEY (1823-1900)
JASPER FRANCIS CROPSEY (1823-1900)
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JASPER FRANCIS CROPSEY (1823-1900)

Watching the Stream

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JASPER FRANCIS CROPSEY (1823-1900)
Watching the Stream
signed and dated 'J.F. Cropsey/1868' (on the rock at center right)
oil on canvas
24 x 44 in. (61 x 111.7 cm.)
Painted in 1868.
Provenance
Vose Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts, by 1994.
Babcock Galleries, New York, by 2007.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2012.
Literature
(Probably) "Cropsey's Studio," New York Evening Post, May 4, 1868, p. 2.
A.M. Speiser, ed., Jasper Francis Cropsey, Catalogue Raisonné: Works in Oil, Volume Two, 1864-1884, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, 2016, p. 82, no. 961, illustrated.
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Lot Essay

The present work is a splendid example of Jasper Cropsey's gift for meticulously rendering light and atmosphere. A serene depiction of a fall day, Watching the Stream carefully captures the sunlight streaming through the trees and onto the glistening water. Likely referring to the present work, an 1868 review in the New York Evening Post describes: "Cropsey has also a smaller landscape, lately finished, representing an autumnal scene near his country residence in the northern part of New Jersey. There is a rustic bridge over a glimmering transparent water, a soft hazy Indian summer sky, distant hills, and trees impending over the stream in all the glory of their autumn hue." (New York Evening Post, May 4, 1868, p. 2.)

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