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Pompton Plains, New Jersey

Artist:
Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, Rossville, New York 1823–1900 Hastings-on-Hudson, New York)
Date:
1867
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
20 1/8 x 32 1/4 in. (51.1 x 81.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Collis P. Huntington, 1900
Accession Number:
25.110.22
Not on view
Cropsey had worked six years in England before returning to the United States in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War. At home his work in landscape shifted to spatial compositions such as "Battlefield at Gettysburg" (unlocated), "The Valley of Wyoming" (66.113), and "Pompton Plains, New Jersey". These pictures reflect not only the artist's patriotism but his renewed interest in the aesthetics of his contemporaries, such as Sanford Gifford, whose "Kauterskill Clove" (15.30.62) helped define the aerial luminism that marked much of the work of the second-generation Hudson River School. The providential overtone of the all-pervasive light falling on the landscape here is detectable in the focal detail of the church steeple near the horizon at center.
Signature: [at lower right]: J.F. Cropsey / 1867--
Henry H. Leeds, New York, 1868 (possibly this work); Collis P. Huntington, New York, until died 1900; his wife, later Mrs. Henry E. Huntington, subject to a life estate in the donor's wife, 1900–died 1924; her son, Archer M. Huntington, subject to a life estate in the donor's son, which was relinquished, 1924–1925
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