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American, (1826-1885)
"Valley of the Hudson"
oil on canvas
initialed and dated lower left "J.W. '78," signed, dated, titled and inscribed on the reverse "6 Astor Place N.Y. 1878"

  • Provenance: Property from a distinguished American collection.
  • Dimensions: 20 x 34 inches
  • Artist Name: JOHN WILLIAMSON
  • Exhibited: Yonkers, New York, The Hudson River Museum, February 28 - June 19, 1988, Rochester, New York, The Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum, July 15 - October 16, 1988, Albany, New York, Albany Institute of History and Art, November 20, 1988 - February 12, 1989, and Syracuse, New York, Everson Museum of Art, February 26 - April 23, 1989, "The Catskills: Painters, Writers and Tourists in the Mountains, 1820-1895," cat. no. 127.
  • Literature: Kenneth Myers, "The Catskills: Painters, Writers and Tourists in the Mountains, 1820-1895," exhibition catalog, (Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 1987), pp. 193-194 (illustrated), plate 127.
    Born in Glasgow, Scotland, John Williamson move to Brooklyn with is family when he was a small child. He eventually became an important second-generation painter in the tradition of the Hudson River School. Williamson's carefully rendered views of the Hudson River Valley and Connecticut landscapes were much admired during his lifetime. He first exhibited at New York's National Academy of Design in 1859, and, in 1861, he was elected an associate of the Academy.

    Williamson is best known for his panoramic landscapes of Lake George, the Adirondacks, the Catskill Mountains, and his magnificent paintings of the Hudson River Valley such as the present offering Valley of the Hudson. This example is larger composition than many, depicting life along the Hudson in the 1870s, complete with livestock, boats, villages, mountains, and lush greenery.

    Art historian John Driscoll observed, "[Williamson's] paintings tend to be small and intimate in character and beautifully composed and reflect a fine and subtle sense of color. Mood is always a stronger component of his work than detail and he thus seem allied in temperament with works by Kensett and Gifford."1

    Williamson's work can be found in such public collections as the Brooklyn Museum, Maier Museum of Art, Randolph College, Lynchburg, Virginia, and the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York.
    1 John Driscoll, All That Is Glorious Around Us: Paintings from the Hudson River School (Ithaca, New York: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art in association with Cornell University Press, 1997), p. 134.
    Framed dimensions: 25 1/2 x 39 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches

    Tags: 19th century, listed artist, New York, Catskills, Hudson River School
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Condition: lined canvas, overall very good condition, scattered areas of restoration, in a period frame, UV photos available upon request

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