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    AARON DRAPER SHATTUCK (American, 1832-1928)
    Androscoggin River, New Hampshire, 1856
    Oil on board laid on canvas
    10 x 16 inches (25.4 x 40.6 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right: A. D. Shattuck 1856

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    PROVENANCE:
    Richard York Gallery, New York (label verso).

    Born in Francestown, New Hampshire, Aaron Draper Shattuck was one of the leading artists of the Hudson River School's second generation, known for his small, intimate views of nature. His gentle pastoral landscapes, always based on keen observation rather than generic landscape formulas, proved immensely popular with 19th century audiences. As Henry Tuckerman, the foremost art critic of the period, explains: "Shattuck imparts a rural feeling so genial and genuine that we feel transported to the very spot he represents." Best known for his White Mountain scenes, he summered there from 1854 to 1860, sharing an old farmhouse with Samuel Colman, Sanford Robinson Gifford and Richard William Hubbard. In 1859, he opened a studio in the famous Tenth Street Studio Building, forming close working relationships with his neighbors, Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Church; he married Samuel Colman's sister, Marion, the following year. In 1870, he and his family moved to Granby, Connecticut, a cattle-raising town steeped in rustic tradition, which provided continual inspiration for his landscape paintings. This river view is an early work by the artist, painted when he was just 23.


    Condition Report*: Paint film in very good stable condition. Under UV examination there are only tiny minor flecks of inpainting in sky. Otherwise pristine. Not framed.
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    15th Tuesday
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