John Rasmussen (1828-1895)
- John Rasmussen
- View of the Berks County Alms House
- Signed J. Rasmussen and dated 1880
- oil on zinc
- 32 by 40 in.
Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo, "Beyond Tradition: A Folk Art Collection in New Hampshire," Antiques & Fine Art, vol. VII, issue 2, Summer/Autumn 2006, p. 142.
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In discussing the Almshouse Painters in the context of European and American perspective views in The Legacy of Ferdinand Brader (2014), Andrew Richmond notes that “they are painted with a decidedly positive tone although one cannot imagine life in a Victorian almshouse was at all pleasant. All three artists used a similar composition, with a large central view of the almshouse surrounded by vignettes. This arrangement of images was fairly common in maps and prints of the period, suggesting all may have been formally trained in Germany (reinforcing this is that Rasmussen was listed in Reading city directories as a painter, and one of Hofmann’s paintings includes the word “lithograph” next to his signature).”
Views by Almshouse Painters are extraordinary as art objects and as historical artifacts. Given the exceptional condition of the painted surface on the present work by Rasmussen, it ranks among the best to come to market in recent memory.