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

 
Provenance:
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

Literature:

“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

Exhibited:

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”]

Note:

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.”