Marina Grande, Capri, with Figures, 1857

by Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823–1880)
Oil on paper laid down on panel
4 15/16 x 4⅞ inches



Estate of the artist

Mrs. Sanford R. Gifford, San Francisco, California

Sanford Gifford, MD, Cambridge, Massachusetts, by descent from above

Private collection, by descent from above

[With] Menconi & Schoelkopf, New York, New York


Michael Altman Fine Art & Advisory Services, New York, New York, An Artist’s Legacy and A Dealer’s Admiration: Paintings by Sanford Robinson Gifford from Important American Collections, October 12–December 14, 2012, no. 5 (as Marina Grande, Capri)


Ila Weiss, “Sanford Robinson Gifford” (PhD diss., Columbia University, 1968), 155–156, plate V F 6.

Ila Weiss, Poetic Landscape: The Art and Experience of Sanford R. Gifford (Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 1987), 79, 200, 203 (as Marina Grande, Capri).

Kevin J. Avery and Donald J. Christensen, An Artist’s Legacy and A Dealer’s Admiration: Paintings by Sanford Robinson Gifford from Important American Collections (New York: Michael Altman Fine Art & Advisory Services, 2012), 22–23, no. 5 (as Marina Grande, Capri).

Related Work

Mount Vesuvius from Marina Grande, Capri, 1857, oil on paper laid down on canvas, 9⅛ x 14 inches, inscribed, dated, and initialed lower left: Marina Grande June 20th 1857 SRG; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Note: Gifford’s first extended visit to Europe was in 1855, and in the spring of 1857 he traveled with Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902) to Naples, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. This painting, like the related work at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, shows Mount Vesuvius in the distance from the same vantage point. Gifford climbed the mountain in May 1857, describing it as follows: “We had a magnificent sunrise over the Appennines . . . From [the peak] is a grand panorama . . . Capri (20 miles distant) gleamed like a jewel on the blue sea as the horizontal rays lighted its bright cliffs.”[1] Gifford and Bierstadt took a boat from Naples, arriving on Capri on May 30, 1857, where they remained until June 26, “sketching boats, figures etc….[they took] a bath in the bright sea every day.”[2]

Artist Biography

Prominent Luminist Hudson River School painter

By Amy Spencer

Defining the salient characteristics of the second-generation Hudson River School, Sanford R. Gifford’s luminist style effectively evoked both the subtle and dramatic effects epitomized by landscape painting in nineteenth-century America.

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Notes
VII. Suggested Resources

I. Biography

The second-generation Hudson River School painter Sanford Robinson Gifford was a master at depicting light and atmosphere in landscapes. As the only painter among his contemporaries to be born and grow up

Read More

Contact Us About This Painting

    This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

    Related Categories

      Go To Top