Sanford R. Gifford

Launt Thompson American
Cast by E. Henry & Bonnard

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 761

Sanford R. Gifford (1823–1880) based his atmospheric, light-filled paintings on the close study of nature, often depicting scenes in the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains. From 1857 until his death, he worked in New York City in the Tenth Street Studio Building, but he took frequent trips, both in the United States and abroad, to produce on-site sketches. Thompson, too, was a long-term occupant of the Tenth Street building and moved in the same circles as many of the Hudson River School painters. He modeled this realistic portrait just after Gifford served on a committee planning the formation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sanford R. Gifford, Launt Thompson (Abbeyleix 1833–1894 Middletown, New York), Bronze, American

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