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The Grandmother Tree, near Middletown, Long Island

Artist:
William Rickarby Miller (American (born England), County Durham 1818–1893 Bronx, New York)
Date:
1858
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on off-white wove paper
Dimensions:
15 7/8 x 12 15/16 in. (40.3 x 32.9 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. A. M. Miller, 1893
Accession Number:
93.24.2
Not on view
The English émigré Miller was one of the most prolific watercolorists in America prior to the foundation of the American Society of Painters in Water Colors in 1866 and his work was frequently engrave din popular periodicals. Although Miller’s style is consistent with contemporary English fashion in watercolor, it has perhaps the strongest affinity with the vision and technique of the eighteenth-century artist Paul Sandby. Miller shared with Sandby a taste for compositions with umbrageous trees in the foreground sheltering lanes and paths curving into the background, in the mode of the Norwich School of English landscape painting. The bucolic scene represented here was located in present-day Astoria, Queens.
Signature: [at lower left in brown ink]: W.R. Miller. 1858. N.Y. / 24 [?]

Inscription: [at lower right]: The Grandmother Tree. near / Middle Town . Long Island
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