(Possibly) Sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, New York, 1940
James St. L. Toole, New York, New York
Private collection, Florida
Private collection, New York, New York, acquired from above
Note: A label on the back reads: “From the rocky gorge, with its vineclad walls and feathery waterfall, are seen the valley and the stupendous snow-capped peaks of the Chilean Andes. Overhead is a blue sky. A subtle feeling of the tropics pervades the canvas.” In the early 1870s Ferguson traveled and painted in South America, with his home base in Santiago, Chile.
Henry A. Ferguson was born in Glens Falls, New York. During the 1860s, he moved to Albany and there received instruction from Homer D. Martin and George Boughton. Soon after, Ferguson moved to New York City where he kept a studio. Although always based in America, the artist traveled widely, painting scenes of Europe, Mexico, South America, and Egypt, which greatly contributed to his initial success; his views of New England were also well-loved. According to The New York Times, Ferguson mostly painted “landscapes and architectural paintings, the artist’s careful technique having brought him especial recognition in the latter class.”