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Harrison Bird Brown
"Tree in the White Mountains, Maine," Hudson River School Landscape

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Harrison Bird Brown (1831 - 1915) Birch Tree in the White Mountains, New Hampshire or Maine, New England, 19th Century Oil on canvas 25 x 13 1/8 inches Initialed lower left Provenance: Portland International Galleries, Maine Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords, Jr., Saratoga Springs, New York and Lexington, Kentucky (President of Brooklyn Borough Gas Company) Private Collection, Chicago Exhibited: Portland Maine, Portland Museum of Art, 58 Maine Paintings 1820-1920: Selections from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords, Jr., May 20 - June 20, 1976, cat. no. 11. The above catalogue listing this vertical landscape will be included with your purchase. "Mr. Brown has succeeded fully in accomplishing that which Mr. John Ruskin, in speaking of J. M. W. Turner's sea views, said no painter had yet accomplished; that is, the representation of the creamy foam which the storm lashes up from the waves along a rocky shore." Harrison Bird Brown was born in 1831 in Portland, Maine, and is best known for his White Mountain landscapes and marine paintings of Maine's Casco Bay. By 1860, Brown was being praised as a leading American marine painter. Orphaned at age 15, he began an apprenticeship at age 21 with house and ship painters Forbes and Wilson. He then became a banner and sign painter, under the name "H. B. Brown, Banner & Ornamental, Painter". Landscape painting was popular in the mid 19th century, thanks in part to the influence of Charles Codman (1800-1842), whose paintings were collected for their very romantic sentiments. Humanity versus nature, and the human relationship to nature, themes prevalent in mid and late-19th century literature and philosophy, figured frequently in his seascapes. He often painted in the White Mountains, and his name can be found in the guest registers of many places artists frequented in those mountains. The coast of Maine was also a favorite painting venue of Brown's for over thirty years. He depicted the wholesome outdoor environment of the state, with special fondness for the Casco Bay area, Monhegan, and Grand Manan, an island off the New Brunswick, Canada coast. Brown also produced two widely distributed illustrations of Crawford Notch for the Maine Central Railroad in 1890. Harrison Bird Brown exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York from 1858 to 1860, and at the Boston Athenaeum and Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876. By 1892 he had become the best known native Maine painter of his time, and gained fame for himself and the state with a large canvas in the Maine pavilion of the 1893 World's Colombian Exposition in Chicago. In 1892 he was elected president of the Portland Society of Art. That same year, however, he moved to London, England to be with his only surviving child, a daughter, and spent the last twenty-three years of his life there. He died in England in 1915, and his work has been preserved at the Peabody Museum in Salem, Massachusetts and at the Portland Museum of Art. Most of his paintings were completed in New England before he moved to London, but he continued to paint until his death in 1915. Harrison Bird Brown's works can be seen at the Peabody Museum in Salem, Massachusetts and at the Portland Museum of Art. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was known to have owned Brown's work. The development of Maine's cultural and artistic history and heritage by Harrison Bird Brown set the stage for 20th century American Modernists, such as Andrew Wyeth, Marsden Hartley, and Rockwell Kent.

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    Harrison Bird Brown (1831 - 1915, American)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33 in. (83.82 cm)Width: 21 in. (53.34 cm)
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  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU115626694092

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