Lot 37
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ROBERT SCOTT DUNCANSON | Carp River, Lake Superior

40,000 - 60,000 USD
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  • Robert Scott Duncanson
  • Carp River, Lake Superior
  • signed R.S. Duncanson. and dated 1850. (lower right); also inscribed Carp. River./Lake.Superior./By. R.S. Duncanson./Cincinnati Ohio/1850 (on the reverse)
  • oil on board
  • 8 by 10 inches
  • (20.3 by 25.4 cm)


W.B. McLellan, Waynesville, Ohio, 1850
Private collection (sold: Sotheby's, New York, October 25, 1985, lot 11)
Private collection (acquired at the above sale)
Acquired by the present owner, by 1995


Cincinnati, Ohio, Western Art Union, 1850, no. 4170
Ithaca, New York, Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, The American Landscape, January-February 1995
Annville, Pennsylvania, Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery, Lebanon Valley, Passages: Images of Transition in 19th-Century American Landscape Painting, August-October 1995
Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Westmoreland Museum of American Art; University Park, Pennsylvania, Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University; Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Art Museum; New York, The National Academy, All That Is Glorious Around Us: Paintings from the Hudson River School, August 1997-September 1999, p. 60, illustrated p. 61
Fredericksburg, Virginia, University of Mary Washington Galleries, All That Is Glorious: Paintings from the Hudson River School, October-December 2005


Joseph D. Ketner, The Emergence of the African-American Artist: Robert S. Duncanson, 1821-1872, Columbia, Missouri, 1993, no. 31, pp. 30-31, 193, illustrated fig. 17, p. 32

Catalogue Note

The scholar Joseph D. Ketner writes of the present work: "The artist's final tour of the Lake Superior region in the summer of 1850 is evidenced in his oil sketch of Carp River, Lake Superior. The small format and broad execution of the painting suggest that he sketched it on the site. The battered and weathered trees indicate his interest in capturing the sublime forces of nature, as well as the picturesque qualities..." (The Emergence of the African-American Artist: Robert S. Duncanson, 1821-1872, Columbia, Missouri, 1993, p. 30).