VIRGINIA CHANDLER TITCOMB (1838-1912)
In the Catskills, Looking Towards Hunter Mountain
Oil on canvas
9 x 14 inches / 14 x 19 inches (framed)
Signed on stretcher, verso
Provenance: Gift from the Artist; by descent in the same family until September, 2016
A Beautiful, Luminist 1860’s Hudson River School depiction of the Catskills and a rare work by a female artist. In excellent condition and perfectly framed.
Virginia Chandler Titcomb, originally from Otterville, Illinois, was an active painter and writer in New York during the late nineteenth century. In 1884, Titcomb founded and served as the president of the Patriotic League of the Revolution. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sorosis Club. Titcomb was a contributor to prominent publications such as Harper’s Bazaar and Demorest’s. She exhibited her paintings at the National Academy of Design and at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences.In the Catskills, Looking Toward Hunter Mountain is a rare example of Titcomb’s work as a painter. While she lived in Brooklyn and Long Island for much of her adult life, it is plausible that she enrolled in classes and traveled north on sketching trips as many of her contemporaries did. In the Catskills conveys a unique perspective of the Catskill Mountains, which can be seen in the distance. With attention to the varied quality of the scene’s light and atmosphere, the painting’s zig-zag composition makes for an engaging scene of idyllic tranquility.
Virginia Chandler Titcomb (American: 1838-1912), In the Catskills, Looking Towards Hunter Mountain
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