Offering this important original oil painting by Massachusetts / Ohio painter Arthur S. Kimball (1856-1937). More information about this prominent Ipswich painter is included below. This oil painting measures 16 x 22 inches (size of the actual painting on its stretcher). The overall dimensions of the painting, including the frame, are 22 ½ by 28 ½ inches approximately. This painting is presented in its original period frame, a stunning example of an American hand-carved frame. The frame alone is a real treasure in its own right. Signed by the artist in the lower right corner. The condition of this painting is very good, minus very slight surface grime that is typical of a painting this old. No holes, tears or repairs. The painting is titled on the verso "Ipswich River". A gallery label from the Beard Art Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, is present on the back of the painting. This work dates to around 1910 give or take a few years. This painting is surely one of Kimball's best and encompasses everything that exemplifies the Ipswich School of Painting.
Some information found on the homepage of the Ipswich Historical Society: The "Ipswich Painters," as they were known, included Edna Baylor, Arthur Wesley Dow, Henry Kenyon, Arthur Kimball, John Mansfield, Carl Nordstrom, Jane Peterson, Francis Richardson, and Theodore Wendel-all of whom chose to live in Ipswich. (Dow was born there and called Ipswich his residence throughout his life.) Kimball was a summer resident of the community. All were inspired by the open spaces, the "ancient" houses and old bridges of the town. Many concentrated on the marshes and the rivers and creeks which flow through them. A few painted portraits of people, but most of these artists were looking at nature. Baylor and Peterson combined portraiture and nature with their "flower portraits." These men and women congregated here, knew each other, exhibited together, but were not of one mind. Their painting styles were different as were their life styles. Some were part of the national art scene, others were well known locally, but each one was serious about art and left a legacy of paintings. The commonality for all was Ipswich. The names of their houses reflect their reverence of place. Baylor's "Oblivion," Kenyon's "Riverbank," Peterson's "Rocky Hill," Richardson's "Meadowview," and Dow's "Bayberry Hill" describe the place they were fortunate to call home. Arthur Smith Kimball (1856-1937) was a summer resident of Ipswich. Different from the rest of these painters, Kimball's primary career was in music. He was a professor of singing at the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College from 1833-1924 and coauthor of a book of hymns. In the summer he seemed to devote his leisure time to painting and produced airy landscapes of Ipswich' s open spaces.