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    JEROME THOMPSON (American, 1814-1886)
    Riverbank in Bloom, 1865
    Oil on canvas
    18 x 15 inches (45.7 x 38.1 cm)
    Signed and dated lower left: Jerome Thompson / 1865

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    Massachusetts-born landscape painter Jerome Thompson was born into an artistic family, but had a terrible time trying to follow his desire to become a painter. His father, Cephas Thompson, was distinguished portraitist, who not only refused to give Jerome art lessons but destroyed his early paintings because he wanted him to be a farmer. As a youth, Jerome decided to move with his sister to Barnstable, Massachusetts, and earned money as a sign and portrait painter. He painted Daniel Webster, and Abraham Quary, the last surviving member of the Nantucket Indian tribe. In 1835, he opened a portrait studio in New York City, but a landscape, A Pic Nick, Camden, Maine, that he entered in the 1850 National Academy exhibit, changed the direction of his painting because it got so much positive reaction. After painting genre scenes for a couple years, Thompson went to England in 1852 for a few years of independent study. It is interesting to speculate about what he saw there, but certainly upon his return his work began acquiring the meticulousness, rich color, and attention to texture that characterizes the work of the British Pre-Raphaelites. Indeed the present painting, produced at the close of the Civil War, can nearly be termed American Pre-Raphaelitism in its remarkable emphasis on fine draftsmanship and jewel-like color.


    Condition Report*: Lined canvas. Very fine fully stable craquelure commensurate with age. Under UV examination, there is a network of expertly inpainted craquelure through the sky region where the paint was applied very thinly. Additionally there is some delicate strengthening in the darks in the foliage in the right corner and about 4 spots of inpaint in the central foreground. Perimeter inpainting to address frame abrasion occurs periodically on the far edges of the canvas. Framed Dimensions 26 X 23.5 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    May, 2013
    11th Saturday
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