A fine coastal scene oil painting with figures on a bluff, probably Maine, by American artist Wesley Elbridge Webber (1841-1914). Webber was born in Gardner, Maine, lived in Boston from 1870 to 1890 and in New York City from 1892 and was self-taught. Webber served in the Civil War (Company B of the Sixteenth Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment) and was present at General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. His original sketches made at the surrender, along with his finished illustrations of the Civil War, were shown at the Boston Art Club and brought Webber considerable fame, recognition and fortune. He was discharged from Civil War service in Augusta, Maine, June 15, 1865 and he opened a studio in Gardiner, where he became a carriage painter. Webber shared a Boston studio with marine painter William P. Stubbs and kept other studios in New York City until his death. Every summer he went to Conway, New Hampshire to paint the hillside, where painters John J. Enneking, Frank Shapleigh and others joined him to paint. He is considered one of the finer landscape painters who painted from life in the Conway area of New Hampshire and along the New England coast and he is reminiscent of the Hudson River School in style and manner.
Oil on canvas, signed and dated 1889 lower left, and housed in a giltwood frame. Dimensions: 18” h x 30” w, actual; 24” h x 36” w, framed.
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