Project Description

John Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1903)
Autumn Scenery, 1882
Oil on canvas
20 x 30 inches
Signed and dated lower left:  J. F. Cropsey 1882

Ortgies & Co., New York, 20 March 1885, lot 68, for $144 (sales catalogue annotated by    contemporary hand); New York Times gives $142
Rains Galleries, New York, 10 February 1937, lot 80, for $360
Private collection, New York, probably 1937 to the present


“Fine Arts: Works for the National Academy Fall Exhibition,” New York Herald, October 10, 1882, p. 4

Delta, “New York Topics: The Academy Exhibition—Italian Opera, Signor Mierzwinskii, The New Tenor,” Boston Evening Transcript, October 27, 1882, p. 6

Official Illustrated Catalogue of the Art Department, Twelfth Cincinnati Industrial Exposition, 1884, pp. 11, 37, illus.

“Selling J. F. Cropsey’s Works,” New York Times, March 21, 1885, p. 5

This work is included in the Newington Cropsey Foundation’s Catalogue Raisonne, compiled by Kenneth Maddox, as object number 105 LCX


National Academy of Design, New York, First Autumn Exhibition, 1882, no. 278, $500

Twelfth Cincinnati Industrial Exposition, Cincinnati, Ohio, September 3 –October 4, 1884, no.59, for sale [artist’s name is given as “Crapsey”]


Autumn Scenery, A Study, ca.. 1882, oil, 6 ¾ x 13 ¼ inches, unlocated, NCF 1200, is undoubtedly a preparatory oil sketch for this painting.

When the painting was displayed at the first autumn exhibition of the National Academy with English Roadside Scene, 1882, Newington-Cropsey Foundation,  NCF 536, it was dismissed by the critic for the Boston Evening Transcript: “Mr. J. F. Cropsey’s landscapes can hardly be mistaken by the visitor.  We know them afar off by their crude, hot color, their exaggeration and violence of effect.”