Halsey Munson Americana
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Decatur, Illinois 62522
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Early 19th C. Hudson River Cityscape
Wonderful early 19th C. schoolgirl Hudson River painting of Newburgh, NY done in watercolor on white velvet. Rare to see theorem conventions so successfully applied to a townscape. The scattered homes suggest a date in the early 1830s. Newburgh’s sister city, Beacon, NY, is just visible beyond the bluffs on the far side of the Hudson. The painting is signed in the eglomise mat at lower right, “M.O. Davis” and mounted in a period gilt frame. With the exception of a crack in the mat at the extreme lower left corner the condition is excellent. From the personal collection of Nina Fletcher Little and bequeathed on her death in 1993 to the Fenimore Museum in Cooperstown, NY. On pp. 31-49 of her book Country Arts in Early American Homes, Nina Little discusses and illustrates examples of exactly this kind of landscape. 14½” x 21¾” sight size. 25½” x 18” overall.