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    Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1900)
    Preparing the Boats at Greenwood Lake, 1858
    Oil on canvas
    14-1/4 x 22-3/4 inches (36.2 x 57.8 cm)
    Signed and dated lower center: 1858 J.F. Cropsey

    Jane R. Brown, Orange, Texas;
    Estate of the above;
    By descent to the present owner.

    According to Cropsey scholar, Dr. Kenneth W. Maddox: "There is absolutely no doubt but that this painting is by Jasper F. Cropsey with the composition showing a portion of Greenwood Lake. In our collection is a small painting, Study for Spring Scene, 1855, oil on wood, 10 x 13 1/2 inches, NCF424, which shows the trees in [this] panting with riggings wrapped around the masts or spars leaning against the foreground tree, the pot of pitch beside the tree, and the boat in the water. The study was used not only for [this] work, but two earlier large paintings, Spring Scene, 1856, oil on canvas, 16 x 25 in., Private collection, Studio City, California, NCF67, and Spring Scene (No. 2), 1856, oil on canvas, 16 1/2 x 26 inches, Private collection, Los Angeles, California, NCF1805. These landscapes are almost identical to [the present] composition except for the fact that the figure beside the boat in the water in [this] work is now on shore caulking an additional boat with tar pitch. These paintings are illustrated in our catalogue raisonné, nos. 375, 433, and 434. Later Cropsey would return to the same composition for Greenwood Lake, 1882, oil on canvas, 14 x 24 inches, unlocated, NCF311, and Lake Scene, 1882, oil on canvas, 14 x 26 inches, Private collection, San Antonio, Texas, NCF154. The artist's earliest known attempt at the theme is Boat Caulking on Greenwood Lake, 1852, oil on canvas, 18 x 27 1/8 inches, unlocated, NCF242, but this composition (no. 221 on our catalogue raisonné) is different from the other paintings."

    We wish to thank Dr. Kenneth W. Maddox for his expertise and gracious assistance in cataloguing this watercolor, which will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's works being prepared by the Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

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

    Condition Report*: Glue-lined; There appears to be possible over cleaning in sky and distant mountains; under UV exam, there appears to be several small spots of inpainting throughout, most notably in upper right quadrant, most notably in far right distant mountain and upper tops of far right trees. Framed Dimensions 21.25 X 29.5 Inches
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