Twilight on the Sawmill River, 1887

by Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823–1900)
Watercolor on paper
8⅞ x 18 inches (sight size)
Signed and dated lower right: J.F. Cropsey 1887



The artist

Sale, Ortgies & Co., New York, New York, March 31, 1887, lot 13 (as Twilight, on the Saw-mill River)

[With] T.A. Wilmurt, New York, New York

Private collection


Galleries of the National Academy of Design, New York, New York, Twentieth Annual Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society, through February 26, 1887, no. 152


Twentieth Annual Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society (New York: American Watercolor Society, 1887), no. 152.

“The Water-Color Exhibition,” Mail and Express, 3.

Anthony M. Speiser, ed., Jasper Francis Cropsey: Catalogue Raisonné, Works in Oil Volume III: 1885-1900, Watercolors: 1842-1900 (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY: Newington-Cropsey Foundation, 2019), 212, 245, 247.

Related Work 

Saw Mill River, 1896, watercolor on paper, 10¾ x 18 inches, signed and dated lower right: J.F. Cropsey / 1896; Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

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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