Oil on canvas landscape of a forested, peaked mountain rising into scudding clouds, unframed, signed at lower right and dated 1876 by the noted well listed American artist from Massachusetts, D. JEROME ELWELL (1847-1912). This work measures 14" by 24 1/2". Elwell was intent upon his art at an early age, when he was spotted on the Gloucester waterfront sketching the marine scene, by one Samuel E. Sawyer, a wealthy Gloucester ship owner and patron of famed artist Fitz Hugh Lane. Apparently Sawyer brought Elwell to the attention of the famous marine artist, who noted the young man's talents and commented on them. Sawyer continued to be a friend and patron of Elwell for many years, assisting him to go to Europe, where in the 1870's Elwell painted in Belgium, Germany and especially Italy. Venice and the Naples area were favorite subject matter for Elwell; many of his best works were painted at that time. It is difficult to determine with certainty whether this painting might be of a New England scene, such as New Hampshire's White Mountains, or Maine, or a mountainous portion of the Continent, perhaps the Italian mountains. Research pinpointing his location in the year 1876 could help to establish the locale. The painting, acquired in Maine, has been recently cleaned and restored, including strip lining. Some light stretcher bar show-through remains.
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