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JAMES WILLIAM PATTISON (American, 1844-1915)
Twin Lakes, Leadville, Colorado, Looking West, 1872
Oil on canvas
16 x 28 inches (40.6 x 71.1 cm)
Signed and dated lower right
Vose Galleries, Boston, MA.
Landscape painter James William Pattison began his career as an illustrator for Harper's Weekly. After training with James M. Hart and George Inness, he painted in the Hudson River School style-the present work being a fine early career effort. From 1869 to 1873 he taught at Washington University (1869-1873), where William Merritt Chase was one of his students. Pattison sought additional training abroad in Düsseldorf and Paris. With his wife Helen Searle (1830-1884), Pattison lived for six years at the artists' colony of Ecouen, just north of Paris, where he took instruction from landscapist Luigi Chialiva (d. 1914), also known as an animal painter. Pattison exhibited in the Paris Salons of 1879-81.
Pattison returned to America in 1882 or 1883, and was active in Chicago art organizations including the Cliff Dwellers, the Palette and Chisel Club, and the Chicago Municipal Art League. From 1884 to 1886 he served as director of the School of Fine Arts in Jacksonville, Illinois and taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1896. Pattison exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 and at the St. Louis Universal Exposition, eleven years later; his oils, pastels, and watercolors appeared at the Art Institute's annuals between 1891 and 1910.
SIgnature and date are faint but present. Wax relined. Gilt wooden frame.
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