SOLD Near Newburyport, 1882by George Henry Smillie (1840–1921)
7¼ x 10 inches
Signed and dated lower right: Geo. H. Smillie_1882.; titled and inscribed below image: On the Merrimack near / Newburyport. / Size 19 x 33 inches. / Sketch for Calatogue [sic] Illustration / Return to Geo.H.Smillie 337 Fourth Ave., N.Y., / Picture purchased by Mr. Robt. Gordon / for Mr. Wm Lidderdale of London – / Eng.
Private collection, Connecticut
On the Merrimack River, near Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1882, oil on canvas, 19 x 33 inches, signed and dated; Estate of Herbert W. Plimpton; formerly on long-term loan to the Mead Art Museum, Amherst, Massachusetts
Note: The painting on which this drawing is based, now in the collection of Mead Art Museum, was exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1882 as number 356. This drawing was likely provided to the academy to be reproduced as an engraving in the exhibition catalogue.
Born into an artistic family, George Smillie became a well-known landscape painter at the end of the nineteenth century. Raised in New York City, George first trained as an engraver under his father, James H. Smillie. He went on to study painting with James McDougal Hart, a leading member of the Hudson River School (and part of his own artistic dynasty). Smillie began exhibiting at the National Academy of Design at the age of twenty-two and became known for his polished, realistic landscapes. He made frequent painting trips to the Adirondack Mountains and the White Mountains; rode through the West
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