Private collection, Massachusetts
Vose Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts, by 1974–76 (as Fiery Autumn Landscape)
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, museum purchase
Sale, Brunk Auctions, Asheville, North Carolina, September 11, 2021, lot 974, from above to benefit future acquisitions
American Embassy in Berne, Switzerland, through the Art in Embassies Program, Department of State, for Ambassador and Mrs. Donald Beyer, May 24, 2010–June 17, 2013
S. Morton Vose II, “The Painted Landscape” in Wayne Hanley, ed., The American Years: Produced for Man & Nature, The Yearbook of the Massachusetts Audubon Society (Lincoln, MA: The Nimrod Press, 1976), n. p. (as Fiery Autumn Landscape).
Amy Ellis, “Autumn on the Susquehanna,” in Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, American Paintings Before 1945 in the Wadsworth Atheneum, vol. 1 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1996), 281.
Anthony M. Speiser, ed., Jasper Francis Cropsey: Catalogue Raisonné, Works in Oil, vol. 2, 1864–1884 (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY: Newington-Cropsey Foundation, 2016), 255, 264–265, 272, 274, no. 1564.
Autumn on the Susquehanna, 1878, oil on canvas, 23⅛ x 40⅛ inches, signed and dated lower right: J. F. Cropsey / 1878; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut
Note: This painting may depict the Susquehanna River. Anthony Speiser posits that the present work could be the same picture as On the Susquehanna (NCF-1856) or Susquehanna River (NCF-1927).
Famed Hudson River School painter and architect.
By Tiffany Win
A leader of the Hudson River School famous for colorful autumnal landscapes.
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Jasper Francis Cropsey was born on February 18, 1823 in Rossville, Staten Island, New York. Known to family and friends as “Frank,” the young boy worked on the farm in the summer and attended school in the winter. Growing up in a rural environment meant the artist had little to no exposure to pictures or art. From his youth, he was weak-bodied and suffered illnesses which kept him from full year schooling.