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JERVIS McENTEE (1828-1891) watercolor of forest by important Hudson River School artist
Watercolor on paper drawing of the edge of a forest, 13 1/2" by 9 3/4" and 1 1/4" wide dark probably walnut frame, no mat, signed at lower left with the monogram of important American 19th century artist JERVIS McENTEE (1828-1891), and dated there 1877. This is a detailed, fine work by an artist who was a friend of Hudson River School greats like Worthington Whittredge and Sanford Robinson Gifford, as well as Eastman Johnson. McEntee was born in Rondout, New York and he died there, but in between those dates he accomplished much in the art world of his time, opening a New York City studio (1859), studying in Europe, exhibiting at the National Academy (1860), and becoming an academician there (1861). He left a detailed diary that has come to be, for scholars, an invaluable window into the art world in eastern America in the second half of the nineteenth century. His legacy consists of that diary and the beautiful, understated landscape paintings that have brought to a quarter million dollars at auction in recent years. McEntee's drawings while scarce are, happily, much more affordable. This is a fine example of his work, worthy of a more grand frame. Condition is excellent. It's hard to believe that the drawing is more than 130 years old. SEE HUNDREDS OF DRAWINGS, PAINTINGS AND PRINTS NOW IN MY SHOP.
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