An oil on wood panel depicting a man standing with llamas on a rocky plateau with snow capped mountains in the background. signed "NBUSH" lower right and a handwritten inscription on the back that we believe reads "view of Quito" with other indistinguishable writing. Quito (San Francisco de Quito) is the capital city of Ecuador in northwestern South America, located near the eastern slopes of Pichincha, an active volcano in the Andes mountains. The signature indicates this could be a work by artist Norton Bush (1834-1894) famous for his tropical South American landscapes. It is known he made several trips to various parts of South America. In 1875 Bush traveled to Peru, Chile, and Ecuador on commission from Henry Meiggs, a railroad and mining entrepreneur to paint views surrounding Mr. Meiggs mining and railroad operations. Several sketches were produced during this trip, in which Bush later turned into paintings that were sent to Meiggs home in London.This work could possibly be a rough study executed in the field during this time. The painting measures 17x11. Condition: Very Good. There appears to be no inpainting, though we have not blacklighted it, there are areas where the rough wood board is visible through thin paint,mostly to the edges and background area, please also note where the board is lifted slightly near the man's face to the edge of the painting, otherwise good.
Item ID: PA-1
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