Jacob Guptil Fletcher (American; born 1825) Still Life Composition; Oil on Canvas, 1865
Hailing from New England, Jacob Guptil Fletcher spent much of his early years around Boston and was an established portrait painter. He then moved to Washington DC and eventually Columbus, Ohio. This still life painting was completed at the end of the Civil War. It is very realistic in style and features a well-composed assemblage of objects and fruit. The colors of the elements are bright and alluring and the painting exudes a cheerful aspect, with good reflecting light at various points. Perhaps it’s a welcoming commentary to the end of the war. The painting is nicely signed dated 1865, lower right.
The 16” x 20” oil on canvas is cleaned and bright, on original stretchers. It is housed in a period, but not original American frame. It’s overall dimensions are 24” x 28”. The frame has a newer applied finish that is not brassy but appropriate for the painting. It has a few very minor condition issues but presents itself and the painting very well.
American 19th Century Still Life Oil Painting - Listed Artist