Nelson Augustus Moore (1824-1902), An Afternoon Boating on Lake George, NY, 1867, Oil on canvas, Dimensions: 24 x 40 inches, actual; 32 ¼ x 48 ¼ inches, framed in a period gilt frame, Signed and dated lower left: NA Moore / 1867
Provenance: by descent in the Richmond family, Waterbury, CT, until 2005
Nelson Augustus Moore, or “N. A.” as he is known, was born in Kensington, Connecticut and began his art studies in the late 1830's under Reverend J.M. Guion in New Britain. By 1846, Moore had moved to New York City where he studied art under Thomas S. Cummings and Daniel Huntington. Upon completion of his studies, Moore returned to Connecticut and taught drawing at the New Britain Normal School, where he also had a photography business. In 1860, he moved to Hartford, opening a daguerreotype studio with his brother Roswell. In 1864, Moore returned to landscape painting, and worked throughout New England and Canada. However, Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains in New York were his favorite painting areas. Moore went to Lake George some twenty-five times, nearly every summer and fall from the early 1860's to the mid 1890's. The last five years of his life were spent painting at Lake Mohonk, in Ulster County, New York.
Moore exhibited his paintings at the National Academy of Design from 1860 through 1886, the Brooklyn Art Association, and the New Britain Institute, where he had a solo exhibition in 1868. Retrospective exhibitions of his works were held at Macbeth Gallery, New York, NY, 1934; New Britain Museum of American Art, 1981; and Vose Gallery, Boston, 1966, 1971, and 1991. Moore’s paintings are found in prestigious private and public collections including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT; and the William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT.
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