SOLD Self Portrait, 1857

by Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823–1880)
Oil on canvas laid down on board
30⅜ x 25 5/16 inches
Signed and dated lower right: SRG / November 1857




Elihu Gifford, Hudson, New York

Sanford Gifford, MD, Cambridge, Massachusetts, by descent from above

Private collection, by descent from above

[With] Menconi & Schoelkopf, New York, New York


Michael Altman Fine Art & Advisory Services, New York, New York, An Artist’s Legacy and A Dealer’s Admiration: Paintings by Sanford Robinson Gifford from Important American Collections, October 12–December 14, 2012, no. 2


John F. Weir, A Memorial Catalogue of the Paintings of Sanford Robinson Gifford, N.A. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1881), 18, no. 109 (as Portrait of Himself).

Ila Weiss, “Sanford Robinson Gifford” (PhD diss., Columbia University, 1968), 160, plate VI A 2.

Ila Weiss, Poetic Landscape: The Art and Experience of Sanford R. Gifford (Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 1987), 82.

Kevin J. Avery and Donald J. Christensen, An Artist’s Legacy and A Dealer’s Admiration: Paintings by Sanford Robinson Gifford from Important American Collections (New York: Michael Altman Fine Art & Advisory Services, 2012), 16–17, 109, no. 2.

Note: In the fall of 1857, Gifford established a workspace at the Studio Building on West Tenth Street in New York, where he would work alongside painters such as Worthington Whittredge (1820–1910), William Hart (1823–1894), and Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902), among others. This portrait may have been the first painting he completed there.

Artist Biography

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.

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

I. Biography

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

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