Early landscape painting of a likely imaginary, idealized, pyramidal mountain peak of California, (doesn't really resemble Mt. Shasta, but I suppose it could be), 20" by 16" on the stretchers, painted on canvas, 25 3/4" by 21 3/4" in a fine old gold 19th century frame, signed at lower right by artist "C. A. Simpson" and dated there 1886. The painting is firmly in the luminous tradition of some of the eastern Hudson River artists, with a pinkish glow suffusing the sky. Note the tipis at left lower center, with tiny figures, reminiscent of the Yosemite paintings of famed California artist Thomas Hill and Albert Bierstadt. The painting is in remarkably good condition after more than one a quarter century; there are two tiny losses at lower center, showing as white spots. There is a fine stable craquelure pattern in the trees at right. Old pencil handwriting on the frame says "Mr. Worcester Hancock" or similar, and "no glass". Paintings were often covered by glass in the 19th century, for protection. You will love the luminosity of the painting. It really has that great golden pink light light often seen in the best of east coast Hudson River oils by the big names. I do not see a listing for a C. A. Simpson, though more research could turn up interesting information.
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