This is an oil on canvas, 20" by 30", signed at lower right "J.B. Radway", who was a 19th century California listed artist, (JESSE B. RADWAY, 1826-c. 1905), but the subject is given on the stretcher as "on the North Cheyenne, Col.". According to the Hughes listing, Radway was born in New York in 1826, and was a resident of Silver Lake, Kansas in 1880, Topeka, Kansas in 1884-85, Alameda, California in 1887, and Vineland, New Jersey in 1900. He is believed to have died in New Jersey in about 1905. This is in the Hudson River style, with feathery trees, a stream, hillsides; it's somewhat fine style, but there's also a little primitive stiff handling, in some details like the little waterfall and branches. The painting is quite dirty. I believe that were it to be cleaned, you'd be looking at a quite striking work. There are some small half inch tears that need professional tending as well. (see photo of reverse for some old patches etc.). The painting is unframed. I cannot recall ever having seen another work by this artist. More photos upon request. .
Item ID: JB0741
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