This outstanding work displays both folk and academic aesthetic, it is a copy of Thomas
Cole’s [English-born, American, Hudson River School Painter, 1801-1848]. original
work, painted in 1828, entitled Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, now resides at the
Amon Carter Museum in Ft. Worth, Texas; collection of Ima Hogg. The work remains on
original stretcher within original gilt frame; relined, lightly cleaned, extremely minor
touches, overall excellent condition.
Measurement: 43.5 by 33.25” frame, 35.5 by 25.25” sight-size
Material: Oil on canvas
Condition: Excellent condition; mounted on original stretcher, original gold gilt
Additional Information: A riparian scene, at center is an island with cherubim above
stone stairs leading to a cave with goddess and urn of flames; human figures and
swans at right of stairs…a lone swan on beach, bathers on island shore. A very
individualistic picture. The lighting is almost Turner-erian. We do not recognize the
subject at all, but it seems almost operatic. The cave imagery is almost too specific to
not to be based on some literary or musical source. Another thought…is Fingal's Cave,
Staffa, [Isle of Staffa, United Kingdom] but this does not explain the various figures the
boat etc. See Isle of the Dead, Arnold Bocklin; Bocklin's painting is later. Researching
the possible sources of inspiration that might yield something. We present this picture
as simply a nice painting!
Oil on pine panel (Frame: 15" x 10.5"; view: 11" x 6.5")
Lady Liberty with Phrygian hat crowns the sailor valiantly holding the American flag with
a laurel leaf wreath. Depicting the small yet effective US Navy that greatly contributed to
the defeat of Britain [War of 1812] is the small ship in background. The picture displays
well, there appears to be no inpainting; a tight shrinkage fissure was stabilized by
affixing a narrow strip of pine to the verso.
Exhibited: American Visions of Liberty & Freedom at the Virginia Historical Society,
Richmond, Virginia (and seven other museum venues; the painting is published within
the exhibit brochure which is included).
The painting recently conserved and in overall good condition. The frame is period to the painting and likely its original frame. The frame with restoration to three tenon on reverse to stabilize mortise and tenon joints and to liner, front right facing. (Frame: 24.5 by 19.75”, sight-size: 18.5 by 13.75”)
An allegorical female is sitting in a chariot drawn by two lions, she is holding a bunch of
grapes and a cornucopia; representing plenty. Likely after an etching or mezzotint titled
PLENTY or PLENTY and PEACE all over the World by P. Gally (1805-1820)
The hand may be compared to Betsy Lathrop (Active NYS, circa 1810-1812) or Eunice
Pinney (1770-1849). Good condition with typical minor toning and foxing.
(Frame: 14" x 14"; view: 12.75" x 12.75")
This charming watercolor courting scene depicts a couple in a bucolic setting with sheep in the foreground and in the background, on the far side of the river, stands a large center chimney house. The “shepherd” is placing a wreath of flowers on the head of a beautifully dressed young lady “shepherdess”. It was a delightful pastime for well to do young courting couples to dress up and venture into the countryside under the pretext of tending sheep!
(Minor scattered creasing and light foxing, later frame.17 ½” x 20” sight.)
Harrison Cady (1877-1970) was a noted illustrator, born in Gardner, Massachusetts and best known for
his works in Bedtime Stories, a daily newspaper created by book and magazine writer Thornton W.
Burgess. Burgess conceived the character of Peter Rabbit (not to be confused with Beatrix Potter’s
creation of the same name), and each of these Bedtime Stories was illustrated with a drawing by Cady,
who had illustrated some of Burgess magazine stories as early as 1911. His work was published in LIFE,
the Saturday Evening Post, Country Gentleman, and the Ladies Home Journal. Cady's etchings were
included in Fine Prints of the Year (1930) and are in the collections of The Library of Congress. He was a
member of the American Society of Etchers and the American Watercolor Society. He also exhibited at
the National Academy.
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Adam and Eve center the fruited tree with coiled serpent within a work of potted flowers, animals; trees and angels beneath crowns...all within a scalloped floral border. (Frame: 19 x 18.25 inches; view: 16.5 x 15.75 inches.)
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