PAIR of oil on board landscape paintings in the Hudson River tradition, circa 1880, each 6" by 9 1/2" (10" by 13" in apparently original framing), each signed at lower right "C H Edwards" or "C R Edwards". The scenes depicted are an exceptionally long covered bridge over a river, and a structure adjacent to a small river in a deep valley among the hills. On the frames someone has written, I think in modern times, "C H Edwards". In trying to determine the creator of these nicely executed antique American paintings, I've looked online and came up with inconclusive results. There was a New Jersey-born artist named Clement Reeves Edwards (1820-1898) who migrated to the new "frontier" of Ohio as a youth, then returned to the east coast, only to return again to Cincinnati and finally Louisville, in which cities he became quite well known principally as a portrait artist. The Kentucky Museum in Bowling Green has a number of his works, most of which are portraits. I am attempting to match the signature of these works to the known, curated paintings. Regardless of authorship these are very nicely done; if they be indeed works depicting Kentucky/Ohio, they might be even more desirable and rare. Frames show some wear.
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