Mountain Landscape, 1848by Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823–1900)
5⅝ x 8⅛ inches
Inscribed, dated, and signed lower left: Rome / 1848 J.F. Cropsey
Private collection, Pasadena, California
Estate of above, Pasadena, California
Sale, Hindman, Chicago, Illinois, May 10, 2022, lot 55, from above
Related Work (see following pages)
North Conway, N. H., 1849, ink on paper, signed lower right: J.F.C. / Rome 1849; Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-On-Hudson, New York
Note: This painting has been authenticated by the Newington‐Cropsey Foundation and will be included in any forthcoming additions to the catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work.
The inscription, Rome, near the artist’s signature, indicates that Cropsey painted the landscape in Rome, where he lived from 1847–1849. The painting may be based on earlier sketches he made in New Hampshire. The artist created several similar mountain scenes in different scales and perspectives, such as the ink drawing North Conway, which depicts a similar wooden cabin and mountain peak.
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.