Presidential Range, New Hampshire, 1870

by James Fairman (1826–1904)
Oil on canvas
30 x 46⅛ inches
Initialed and dated lower left: J. F. 1870

Artist Biography

James Fairman was an itinerant landscape painter whose work covered the expanse of the United States as it swelled to tremendous proportions. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Fairman emigrated to the United States with his family at the age of six. He studied at the National Academy of Design ten years later and went on to serve as a colonel in the Civil War, an art instructor in New York City (where one of his students was George Herbert McCord), and a lecturer at Olivet College in Michigan; additionally, he was a musician and noted critic.

Over the course of his

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