19th C. White Mountain Landscape

Beautifully done White Mountain school oil-on-canvas primitive landscape. With a horse and cows and sheep in the foreground and mountains distant in the background, this canvas has a serenity not unlike an Edward Hicks. Clearly part of the luminist tradition, a subtlety of technique that gives North Conway’s Intervale a striking velvety glow separates this landscape from the work of Cole, Champney and Kensett. Its use of color, if not perhaps so extravagant, suggests instead a kinship with Thomas Chambers’ later work. Although the canvas is unsigned, the “M.J. Whipple” stencil on the verso makes it likely that the painter was from the Boston area, and certain that the painting was done not later than 1870. In 1869 White Mountain artist Francis Seth Frost purchased the artist’s supply firm from M.J. Whipple and renamed it Frost and Adams. Unlined and in its original gilt frame, this small canvas has unusual impact. Sight size: 12” x 17”. Outside dimensions: 17½” x 22¼”. Ca. 1850-1870.


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