This is an folk art landscape probably of the Hudson River and and the ruins of Bannerman's Island. It was executed during the second half of the 19th Century, probably between 1870 and 1890. It is an oil on canvas that has the ruins, over grown with vegetation, in the foreground with a peak of the river and tiny boats to the left. These are set against a colorful sky that has a light red or pink glow on the horizon. The contrast between light and dark is excellent giving the painting a strong graphic quality, one of the hall marks of good American folk art. The stretcher is original. The frame is a 19th Century grain painted frame with a gilded lip.
Measurements are: painting, 10 inches x 15 inches; frame, outer dimensions, 12 1/2 inches x 17 1/2 inches.
Condition: painting is very good (light professional cleaning with no touch up; frame is good with minor imperfections and touch up to grain painting.
This is a vibrant example of American folk art painting. Condition is very good and all it needs is a good and appreciative home.