Cupid Directs Young Lovers Toward Shore, Folk Watercolor

Cupid Directs Young Lovers Toward Shore, Folk Watercolor, Image 1

It's been suggested that the classical building on the shoreline is Andalusia, the estate of Nicholas Biddle (1786-1844). Located along the Delaware River, just north of Philadelphia. Fantasized mountains are often present in early American folk paintings, especially landscapes from the Hudson and Delaware River regions. Biddle, American financier, served as president of the Second Bank of the United States. Andalusia was built in 1794 by John Craig, who named the house after the Andalusia region of Spain. In 1806 it was expanded in a Grecian style. Biddle married Craig's daughter, Jane, and the couple resided there from 1821-1844. Andalusia is a prominent Philadelphia landmark and has remained in the Biddle family ever since.

Date: 1817

Measurement: Frame: 25.25" x 20.25"; view: 21.5" x 16.5"

Material: Watercolor and gouache on paper watermarked: Whatman Turkey Hill Mill. The work is conservation mounted within a gilt git Sully style frame of the period.

Condition: Overall minor to moderate foxing, very minor fading/pigment loss as depicted.


SKU: 362-22

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