Oil on canvas painting of a peaceful eastern scene including distant pyramidal mountain peak, luminous sky, feathery trees and rock formation, the only sign of man an idle rowboat in center foreground, 12" by 20" and 2 1/2" wide period frame, signed with the conjoined initials of the artist at lower left (in red) and dated there 1882. The artist is JOHN WHITE ALLEN SCOTT (1815-1907), an accomplished Boston artist who was active in New England and the Catskill Mountain region of New York from the 1840's to past the turn of the new century. Scott was a partner of Fitz Hugh Lane, the famous marine painter, in a lithography firm in the 1840's, known as "Lane and Scott's Lithography". After the dissolution of that partnership, Scott became a very active painter, selling very successfully. He was a member of the Boston Art Club and exhibited at the Boston Athenaeum. Today his works hang in the Massachusetts State House and in museum collections. Scott is considered a member of the White Mountain School of New Hampshire. The present painting might in fact be a central New Hampshire view. Scott's original label (a portion of it, but including the name and the Pleasant St./Cambridge address) adheres still to the original stretcher. The painting when found was dirty and had several tears in the sky, principally the upper right portion. I have had the work professionally restored with a quality BEVA reline. The old tears were repaired to the point where they are essentially not noticeable without close examination. The camera seems to capture a yellowish color in the area of the repair, but to the naked eye this is not as apparent. The painting is in a period frame, but not the original frame in which I found it (which is quite worn, though available at no extra cost should the purchaser want to keep it together with the painting). This is a classic New England 19th century painting in the Hudson River School and White Mountain School tradition, now ready for another century of display.
JOHN WHITE ALLEN SCOTT (1815-1907) American art Hudson River style antique landscape painting