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    Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1900)
    By the Sea, Lulworth, 1857
    Oil on canvas
    10 x 18 inches (25.4 x 45.7 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right: J.F. Cropsey / 1857

    Bernard Black, New York, 1967;
    Private Collection, New Jersey;
    Hamilton Galleries, New York, 1968;
    Private Collection, Denver, Colorado, by 1972;
    Christie's, New York, March 11, 1993, no. 25;
    Christie's East, New York, April 9, 1998, no. 49;
    Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York;
    Private collection, Arlington, Texas, by 2006;
    Heritage Auctions, Dallas, November 9, 2006, lot 24016;
    Private collection, Whitesburg, Kentucky, acquired from the above.

    K.W. Maddox and A.M. Speiser, ed., Jasper Francis Cropsey: Catalogue Raisonné, Works in Oil, 1842-1863, Vol. I, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, 2013, p. 250, no. 464.

    In Jasper Francis Cropsey: Catalogue Raisonné, scholars Ken Maddox and Anthony Speiser describe this lot: "The view is of the folded Jurassic limestone strata known as the Lulworth Crumble of Stair Hole. The site is adjacent to Lulworth Cove, West Lulworth, on the Dorset coast of England near where Cropsey and his family were vacationing in 1857. [William S.] Talbot [in Jasper F. Cropsey, 1823-1900, New York,] 1977 (pp. 136–37) wrote that the 'rocks are depicted as close, looming masses, heaving their bulk heavily from the water. Fissures and individual outcroppings are deemphasized, so that the rock is homogenously massive and forbidding. The arch appearing suddenly at the edge of the picture creates a certain amount of drama, and its powerful thrust to the right is effectively contained by the looming headland which curves around to confront it. The dramatic impressiveness of the formation is in contrast with the native women working as usual in the foreground, whose pursuit of daily work lends a note of authenticity.' Although the human figure assumes a greater significance in Cropsey's paintings of English scenes, the relatively large sizes of the female workers are unusual for a Cropsey landscape" (K.W. Maddox and A.M. Speiser, p. 464).

    More information about Jasper Francis Cropsey, also known as Cropsey, Jasper Francis, .

    Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000.

    Condition Report*: Lined canvas. Under UV exam, there does appear to be scattered reinforcements throughout the sky (the largest spot being approx. 1 1/2 x 1 inch in the upper right corner) and a few 1/4 inch sized dots in inpaint in the rocks. Extremely fine craquelure, visible under close inspection.
    Framed Dimensions 18.5 X 26.5 Inches
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