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    ALBERT FITCH BELLOWS (American, 1829-1883)
    Lake Scene with Fisherman, 1864
    Oil on canvas
    12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
    Signed and dated lower left: A.F. Bellows / 1864

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST


    This tranquil view of a river with figures is a fine example of the work of Hudson River landscapist Albert Fitch Bellows. Born in Milford, Massachusetts, he honed his skills in Paris, at the Royal Academy in Antwerp, and in England. He settled in New York City in 1858, painted in the Tenth Street Studio building, and became a full member of the National Academy of Design in 1861. In comparison with other later Hudson River School painters, Bellows depicted people more prominently in his landscapes, painted extensively in watercolor, and like Samuel Colman, mastered etching. He also favored an arch-topped format for his vertical landscapes, which in their meticulous technique, have affinities with the work of the American Pre-Raphaelites.

    NOTE:
    A related work from the Williford collection, also with a rounded top and dam in the foreground, sold through these rooms Tuesday, May 15, 2012, lot 64444 in the Signature American & European Art Auction.


    Condition Report*: Lined canvas on original stretcher. Arched top format is original. Under UV there are extremely finely inpainted dots in the vegetation, with practically no retouching at all in the water or sky.
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2013
    11th Saturday
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