Ruins with Figures

by Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823–1900)
Oil on paper laid down on canvas
6¼ x 10¼ inches


Provenance Private estate, Connecticut

Related Works Temple of the Sibyl, Tivoli, 1858, oil on canvas; Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida Temple of the Sibyl, Tivoli, 1876, oil on canvas, 9⅛ x 12⅛ inches; Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio

Note: According to Dr. Kenneth Maddox, the architecture pictured is likely inspired by the Temple of Sibyl in Tivoli.

This painting will be included in the forthcoming addition to the catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work by the Newington-Cropsey Foundation.

Artist Biography

Famed Hudson River School painter and architect.

By Tiffany Win

A leader of the Hudson River School famous for colorful autumnal landscapes.

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

I. Biography

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.

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