JOHN FREDERICK KENSETT | SUNSET OVER THE CATSKILLS
JOHN FREDERICK KENSETT | SUNSET OVER THE CATSKILLS
JOHN FREDERICK KENSETT | SUNSET OVER THE CATSKILLS
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All That Is Glorious Around Us: Property from an Important American Collector

JOHN FREDERICK KENSETT | SUNSET OVER THE CATSKILLS

Estimate: 100,000 - 150,000 USD

All That Is Glorious Around Us: Property from an Important American Collector

JOHN FREDERICK KENSETT | SUNSET OVER THE CATSKILLS

Estimate: 100,000 - 150,000 USD

Lot Details

Description

All That Is Glorious Around Us: Property from an Important American Collector

JOHN FREDERICK KENSETT

1816 - 1872

SUNSET OVER THE CATSKILLS


signed JF.K. and dated 55 (lower right)

oil on canvas

18 by 24 inches

(45.7 by 61 cm)

Condition Report

The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes, Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, simonparkes@msn.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's


This work is in very good condition. The canvas has a very old glue lining. The stretcher seems to be original. The painting is clean and lightly varnished. The only retouches are half a dozen tiny dots in the center of the sky. There are some pentimenti in the water where Kensett changed the profile of the reflection, and also around the profiles of the trees between the larger group and the smaller tree on the left. These pentimenti are unretouched, and it is recommended that they remain so.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

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Cataloguing

Provenance

Charles Callahan Perkins, Boston, Massachusetts, by 1879

William C. Endicott, Jr., Boston, Massachusetts

Vose Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts

Acquired by the present owner, by 1979

Exhibited

Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, Exhibition of Contemporary Art, April-May 1879, no. 353, p. 18

Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, June 1886

New York, Alexander Gallery, Landscapes of the Hudson River School: First Public Exhibition of a Private Collection, November 1979

Washington, D.C., Adams Davidson Galleries, American Luminism, February-April 1980

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The American Landscape Tradition, November 1982-January 1983

Newark, Delaware, University Gallery, University of Delaware, An Intimate View: Hudson River Landscapes from a Private Collection, April-May 1985

Annville, Pennsylvania, Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley College, 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, pp. 17, 100, illustrated p. 15

Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Westmoreland Museum of American Art; New Paltz, New York, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York at New Paltz; University Park, Pennsylvania, Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University; Scranton, Pennsylvania, Everhart Museum; Winchester, Virginia, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley; Reading, Pennsylvania, Reading Public Museum; Austin, Texas, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, American Scenery: Different Views in Hudson River School Painting, August 2005-May 2012, pp. 32, 158, illustrated p. 32

Catalogue Note

John Frederick Kensett's Sunset Over the Catskills was once owned by Charles Callahan Perkins of Boston, Massachusetts. Perkins was an early founder of the Museum of Fine Arts and served as President of the Boston Art Club for ten years. He was the grandfather of the influential editor Maxwell Perkins, who would go on to discover some of the most prominent American writers of the first half of the 20th century including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Thomas Wolfe.

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