A painting on canvas, 10" by 14" (11" by 15" in simple modern frame), featuring a New England homestead, likely Connecticut, complete with split rail fence and stone wall, signed at lower right and dated there 1892 by Wisconsin-born artist GEORGE SELDEN ROORBACH (1860-1930). The artist was in the Northeast in the 1890's, living with his young bride in the vicinity of Mystic, Connecticut, and also instructing in art in New York City. He exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1891. At some point around 1900 he and his wife Eloise, (also an artist, and an interesting figure in her own right, a biography to be published on her) moved to Alameda in Northern California, where Roorbach became active in a spiritual group affiliated with Hinduism. The couple purchased a bungalow in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains, south of the San Francisco Bay Area (Roorbach married again on December 22, 1913 in Santa Cruz, according to a newspaper announcement). Roorbach became active in the Carmel art colony and exhibited at the Del Monte Gallery in Monterey. Landscapes featuring that area of the central coast, painted in a Hudson River style, are known. This painting has a slight puncture in the upper windows of the house, easily repaired. Otherwise it has no issues other than light soiling.
GEORGE SELDEN ROORBACH (1860-1930) oil painting of New England homestead dated 1892