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    DEWITT CLINTON BOUTELLE (American, 1820-1884)
    Extensive Landscape with Broad Valley and Distant Mountains
    Oil on canvas
    11-5/8 x 15-5/8 inches (29.5 x 39.7 cm)

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    NOTE:
    An inscription on the back of the new lining, copied from that which appeared on the original canvas reads: Prepared by Edwd Dechaux, New York / photographed.

    Itinerant landscape painter, DeWitt Clinton Boutelle, was born in Troy, New York, and likely named for New York Governor De Witt Clinton (1769-1828), who was honored with many namesakes because of his crucial role in the 1825 completion of the Erie Canal. Early in his career, he lived and painted both portraits and landscapes in New York City. Ultimately it was the work of Thomas Cole and Asher Durand which inspired him to paint in the Hudson River Valley, where his subjects included Niagara Falls and the Catskill Mountains. Boutelle's admiration of Cole led him to paint a full-scale copy of Cole's painting Voyage of Life. In 1855 he left New York for Philadelphia, and then settled for the remainder of his life in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He moved there at the invitation of Samuel Wetherill, an art collector and wealthy industrialist, around whom there assembled a group of landscape painters. The present work shows the level of accomplishment Boutelle was able to achieve as a mature painter. He became a National Academician in 1851, and exhibited regularly with the Academy as well as at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Boston Athenaeum, and the Washington Art Association.


    Condition Report*: Lined canvas. Faint craquelure throughout consistent with age of the painting. Paint completely stable. Under UV examination there is inpaint addressing perimeter frame abrasion. Additionally there is extremely careful and judicious inpainting of vertical craquelure in the region of the sky, which is invisible to the naked eye. Otherwise no evidence of any restoration. Note frame is 4" deep. Framed Dimensions 18.5 X 22.5 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2013
    11th Saturday
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