A refined old drawing titled "Caterskill Clove" dated Oct. 7, 1859, the subject a famed rocky gorge in the eastern part of the Catskill mountains of New York State (google "Catskill Clove" for full information on this renowned scenic area). The work is apparently unsigned. There are any number of listed artists of the Hudson River School who could have created the drawing; Sanford Robinson Gifford, William Hart, Asher Durand and many others of note painted in the area. There are some fox marks and the paper has browned, all in keeping with a drawing over 150 years old. The work is presently housed in a much later 1920's style frame. Measurements are 10 3/4" by 13 1/4" (and 15" by 20" framed). The last picture, of the darkened paper on the reverse side, does not actually show the back of the sheet on which this is drawn; that is actually ANOTHER, lighter color sheet behind that. I have carefully peeked inside as best I can (it's affixed at corners to that darkened sheet) and see no writing on the back that could help establish the identity of the talented artist. Drawing is very difficult to photograph as it is very subtle; needs to be appreciated in person. I accentuated the contrast in a few images so as to display the work to better advantage.
Hudson River School American 1859 pencil drawing of noted Catskill rocky gorge