On the Long Island Coastby Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823–1880)
6¼ x 15 3/16 inches
Initialed lower center: SRG
Estate of above
Sale, Thomas E. Kirby & Co., New York, New York, April 28–April 29, 1881, from above
George F. McMurray, Glendale, California
Sale, Shannon’s, Greenwich, Connecticut, April 26, 2001, lot 89
Private collection, New York
Sale, Shannon’s, Greenwich, Connecticut, October 23, 2008, lot 84
Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York, acquired from above
Private collection, New York, acquired from above, 2008
(Probably) A Memorial Catalogue of the Paintings of Sanford Robinson Gifford, N.A., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, 1881 (as A Sketch on the Long Island Coast)
(Probably) The Estate of the Late Sanford R. Gifford, N.A., Thomas E. Kirby & Co., New York, New York, April 28–April 29, 1881 (as Hudson River Scenery)
American Painting of the Nineteenth Century: The George F. McMurray Collection, Pasadena Museum of California Art, California, November 30, 1960–January 4, 1961
Sanford Robinson Gifford, 1823–1880, Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, October 25–December 13, 1970; Albany Institute of History & Art, New York, December 28, 1970–January 31, 1971; Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, New York, February 8–27, 1971
Austin Arts Center, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, n.d.
(Probably) A Memorial Catalogue of the Paintings of Sanford Robinson Gifford, N.A. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1881), 29, no. 358 (as A Sketch on the Long Island Coast).
(Probably) Catalogue Part II. of The Gifford Collection, Comprising Balance of the Valuable Paintings, Works of and Belonging to the Estate of the Late Sanford R. Gifford, N.A., April 28–April 29, 1881 (New York: Thomas E. Kirby & Co. Auctioneers, 1881), 21, no. 90 (as A Sketch on the Long Island Coast).
American Painting of the Nineteenth Century: The George F. McMurray Collection (Pasadena, CA: Pasadena Art Museum, 1960), 31, no. 39 (as Seascape, Long Island).
Nicolai Cikovsky Jr., Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823–1800) (Austin, TX: University of Texas, 1970), 25–26, no. 28, 54.
Ila Weiss, Poetic Landscape: The Art and Experience of Sanford R. Gifford (Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 1987), 358, no. 154.
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.
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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