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, incorporating the distinctive mountain peak known as Chocorua. 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 expertly repaired to the point where they are essentially not visible without extremely close examination, and that, only when viewed from an angle. The camera seems to capture a yellowish color in the area of the repair, but to the naked eye this is not 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.
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