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American, (1823-1900)
Stoke Poges
oil on canvas
signed and dated lower right "J.F. Cropsey 1867"

  • Wolfgang Pogzeba, New Mexico, by 1980; Ira Spanierman, Inc., New York, New York, 1980; Private Collection, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1986; By descent, 1998; Christie's, New York, New York, February 2, 2014, lot 65; Private Collection, New York.
  • Dimensions:
  • 20 x 32 inches
  • Artist Name:
  • Exhibited:
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Marquette University, "Changes: Art in America, 1881-1981," October 4-November 6, 1981, no. 5.
  • Literature:
  • Marquette University, "Changes: Art in America, 1881-1981," exhibition catalog, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1981, p. 26, no. 5 (illustrated); G.G. Sill, "Americans Abroad," in "Portfolio," vol. 5, March-April 1983, pp. 72, 75 (illustrated).
    Jasper F. Cropsey was one of the foremost landscape artists of the Hudson River School, although he trained as an architect and practiced intermittently throughout his lifetime. He began to show his paintings at the National Academy of Design in New York, becoming an elected member in 1844.

    Cropsey travelled on sketching excursions during the 1840s where he met painters Asher B. Durand, Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, and George Inness, all of whom were associated with what later came to be called the Hudson River school.

    In 1856, Cropsey went to England. While in London, he established his studio in the home he and his wife Maria rented at Kensington Gate in Hyde Park South. He quickly gained fame as an artist in London and discovered favored subjects among the captivating landscapes and monuments that he encountered, particularly the Church at Stoke Poges, a subject he returned to in several compositions.

    The present painting of Stoke Poges includes a scene of the wedding procession of William Penn, the famous Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania, tucked into the landscape. Cropsey knew that the wooded area shown at the right of the composition, as well as the nearby Stoke Poges Manor House, belonged to the Penn family. This may have inspired Cropsey to depict the historical scene of Penn's wedding procession in this landscape.

    In addition to Stoke Poges, Cropsey's other favorite English subjects were Bonchurch on the Isle of Wight, the Thames River, and Warwick Castle. These paintings were well received and exhibited at the Royal Academy in London.

    In 1884, Cropsey returned to the United States and settled in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. He added a studio to his home, Ever Rest, in 1885. Both the home and studio are now owned by the Newington Cropsey Foundation and maintained as a museum to celebrate the Cropsey's legacy.
    Examples of Cropsey's paintings are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Peabody Institute, Baltimore, the New-York Historical Society, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.
    Framed dimensions: 28 x 40 x 3 1/4 inches

    tags: European scene, landscape, oil painting, listed artist
  • Medium:
  • oil on canvas
  • Notes:
  • This painting is included in the catalogue raisonné of the works of Jasper Francis Cropsey by the Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
  • Condition:
  • lined canvas, very minor restoration mostly to edges, overall very good condition, in a period frame

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