[With] R. Gordon Barton, The Sporting Gallery, Middleburg, Virginia, by 1978 (as A Study at Ramapo, N. Y.)
J. N. Bartfield Art Galleries, New York
Joseph Unanue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, acquired from above, 1978
Private collection, by descent from above
Sale, Christie’s, New York, New York, November 29, 2000, lot 34, from above (as Study at Ramapo, New York)
MME Fine Art, New York, New York
Private collection, Massachusetts, acquired from above, 2012
Ad for “R. Gordon Barton, The Sporting Gallery,” The Magazine Antiques 113, no. 1 (January 1978): 52.
Gwendolyn Owens, Nature Transcribed: The Landscapes and Still Lifes of David Johnson (1827–1908) (Ithaca, NY: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 1988), 80.
Potague Lake, Ramapo, New York, 1873, oil on canvas, 10⅛ x 15⅛ inches, signed on verso; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey
As a second-generation member of the Hudson River School, David Johnson experienced artistic success during the second half of the nineteenth century. The style of his rocky landscape scenes tended to coincide with whatever genre the current art market dictated as on trend, with his later works demonstrating a distinctly luminist influence.
By Chelsea DeLay
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Born in New York City on May 10, 1827, David Johnson went on to become a skilled landscape artist who led a relatively quiet life. Johnson was essentially a self-taught