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    Judah LeVasseur (American, 19th Century)
    Lake Nicaragua, circa 1840
    Oil on canvas
    12 x 20 inches (30.5 x 50.8 cm)
    Signed lower left: LeVasseur

    Private collection, Atlanta, Georgia, acquired circa 1985.

    Very little is known of the French-American painter Judah Levasseur. Although he did work in and around New Orleans between the years 1838 and 1842, the present pair of works is an extraordinary and rare example of an American artist's portrayal of Nicaragua executed in the first half of the 19th Century. While Frederic Edwin Church, Martin Johnson Heade and Norton Bush did travel to Central and South America, their respective trips took place later than Levasseur's excursion. Therefore, Lake Nicaragua is one of the earliest known depictions of Central America, by the hand of an American artist.

    Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000.

    Condition Report*: Wax-lined canvas; craquelure and minor surface dirt; under UV light, there appears to be and approx. 3 x 4 inch section of inpaint above mountains at upper right; inpaint around figure's and boat; inpaint along extreme edges and scattered tiny touches of inpaint throughout.
    Framed Dimensions 19.5 X 27.5 X 4 Inches
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