Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1900)
Looking Down the Ravine at Hastings
Signed and dated "J F Cropsey - 1885" l.l.
Oil on canvas, 19 x 15 1/4 in. (48.3 x 38.7 cm), framed.
Condition: Two minor repaired punctures plus one unrepaired (all less than 1/2 inch), minute loss l.r., minor scattered retouch, possible areas of skinning.
Provenance: Sold at Ortgies & Co., New York, 1887, through to Halcyon Skinner (1824-1900) and Adelaide Cropsey Skinner (1835-1920), near Yonkers, New York, then by descent in their family to the present owner.
N.B. From childhood, Cropsey showed both interest and ability in drawing, and taught himself by copying the paintings and drawings of established artists. Although he formally trained first as an architect, Cropsey had early success as a landscape painter. Cropsey studied the works of Thomas Cole and developed a palette and romantic sensibility akin to the older artist's style. In the late 1850s, Cropsey worked in England, where he was influenced by fellow Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church.
Cropsey moved to his home, Ever Rest, overlooking the ravine at Hasting-on-Hudson in 1885, the year this work was painted. This painting will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonne being prepared by the Newington-Cropsey Foundation. We wish to thank the Foundation for their assistance in cataloguing this work.