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Sunset Rock, Catskill Mountains, 1865

George Henry Smillie (1840 - 1921)
Oil on canvas
10½ x 18 inches
Signed and dated lower right: Geo. H. Smillie. ’65 –; on stretcher bar: G. H. “SUNSET ROCK, CATSKILL MTS.” 10½” x 18”; on verso: Sunset Rock Catskill Mts. / Geo. H. Smillie – 1865.

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Provenance

Kennedy Galleries, New York, New York

Sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, New York, October 28, 1976, lot 68

David Harrison, Kensington, Maryland

Private collection, Bethesda, Maryland, acquired from above, 1980

Literature

Kenneth Myers, The Catskills: Painters, Writers, and Tourists in the Mountains, 1820–1895 (Yonkers, NY: The Hudson River Museum of Westchester, 1987), 181.

Brucia Witthoft, “George Smillie: The Life of an Artist,” American Art Review 5 (Summer 1992): 122, 128, plate 3.

Note: This painting depicts Kaaterskill Clove, a large valley in the Catskill Mountains of New York. The artist captures the breathtaking vista from the viewpoint of a high peak known as Sunset Rock – a spot made famous by some of the most influential painters of the Hudson River School, like Sanford Robinson Gifford and Thomas Cole. George Henry Smillie visited the Catskills on several occasions with his brother (and fellow painter) James David Smillie.

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