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Francis Augustus Silva

Crow's Nest on Hudson

Francis Augustus Silva

Francis Augustus Silva

Crow's Nest on Hudson

Crow's Nest on Hudson

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Francis Augustus Silva

1835 – 1886

Crow’s Nest on Hudson 

signed F.A. Silva (lower right)

oil on canvas

12 1/8 by 24 1/8 in.

30.7 by 61.2 cm.

Executed circa 1875.

The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc., an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's:


This work may have been recently cleaned and varnished. The stretcher is not original. The lining is old and was applied using wax as an adhesive. The paint layer is stable and the lining is still serving its purpose. There are no retouches to speak of in the sky or in the water or sailing vessels on the right side of the headland. Very small and mostly accurate retouches have been applied to slight abrasion in the reflection of the headland and reflection of boats in the water. Retouches have also been applied to address some weakness around the mast and rigging of the sailboat in the headland.


Framed dimensions: 33 1/2 by 21 1/2 in. (85.1 by 54.6 cm.)

The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Nathan Liverant & Son, Colchester, Connecticut

Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York (acquired by 1980)

Acquired from the above in 1981 by the present owner

Kathie Beals, “Show Focuses on Hudson River Artists,” The Daily Times, Mamaroneck, 29 May 1981, n.p.

John Caldwell, "A Nostalgic Look at Hudson Region," The New York Times, 7 June 7 1981

Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, The Gallery at Hastings-on-Hudson, Light and Landscape: The Hudson River School of Painters, May 1981