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Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL STYLE

Considered the first major American painting movement, the Hudson River School emerged in the first half of the 19th century with landscape paintings that celebrated the young country’s natural beauty. Most of its leading painters were based in New York City where they exchanged ideas and traveled to the nearby Hudson River Valley and Catskills Mountains to re-create their vistas. At a time when the city was increasingly dense, the Hudson River School artists extolled the vast and pristine qualities of the American landscape, a sentiment that would inform the conservation movement.

American art was dominated by portraiture and historical scenes before Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School, began painting the Catskill Mountains in 1825. While the Hudson River School was informed by European art aesthetics, particularly the British focus on the sublime in nature, it was a style imbued with nationalism. The landscape painters who followed and studied under Cole would expand their focus from the Northeastern United States to places across the country, their work shared through prints and portfolios promoting an appreciation for the American wilderness — Niagara Falls, the mountain ranges that dot the American West and more — as the style blossomed during the mid-19th century.

Cole’s student Frederic Edwin Church as well as painters such as Albert Bierstadt, John Frederick Kensett, Asher Brown Durand and others became prominent proponents of the Hudson River School. The American art movement also had close ties to the literary world, including to authors like William Cullen Bryant, Henry David Thoreau and James Fenimore Cooper who wrote on similar themes. Although by the early 1900s the style had waned, and modernism would soon guide the following decades of art in the United States, the Hudson River School received renewed interest in the late 20th century for the dramatic way its artists portrayed the world.

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Style: Hudson River School
"Sunset at the Cabin, Kentucky," Carl Brenner, Hudson River School Landscape
By Carl Christian Brenner
Located in Larchmont, NY
Carl Brenner Sunset at the Cabin, Kentucky, 1883 Oil on canvas 12 x 22 inches Signed and dated lower left Provenance: J.B. Speed Memorial Museum Collection, Louisville, Kentucky Pri...
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1880s Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Lake George
Located in New York, NY
Signed and indistinctly dated lower left: A Parton
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Late 19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

Highpoint Lake, original 24x36 impressionist landscape
By Gerald Lopato
Located in Spring Lake, NJ
Sometimes a drive into the countryside can revive the spirit and soul like nothing else, thereby energizing the entire body. Highpoint Lake is one of those tranquil spots. A vetera...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

Antique American School Impressionist Sunset Hudson River School Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique American Hudson River School sunset landscape oil painting. Oil on canvas, circa 1874. Signed in monogram. Housed in a giltwood frame. Image size, 30L x 22H.
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1870s Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Marsh and Meadows
Located in San Francisco, CA
Oil on panel Signed and titled on verso.
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2010s Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

South and North Moat Mountains
Located in New York, NY
Monogrammed lower left: AB
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Mid-19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Paper, Oil

“Mountainous Landscape” Samuel L. Gerry (American 1813-1891)
Located in SANTA FE, NM
"Mountainous Landscape" Samuel L. Gerry (American, 1813-1891) Oil on canvas, unsigned 8 x 12 inches Philadelphia, MFA Boston, Toledo, High Museum, Brooklyn, etc. Considered a lead...
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Mid-19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Rocky Coastline with Sailboats
Located in New York, NY
Monogrammed lower left: ATBRICHER.
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

"Grand Manan" Harrison Bird Brown, Maine Landscape, Hudson River School Seascape
Located in Larchmont, NY
Harrison Bird Brown (1831 - 1915) Grand Manan Oil on canvas 12 x 20 inches Signed with initials lower left Harrison Bird Brown was born in 1831 in Portland, Maine, and is best known...
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Late 19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Mountain Forest
Located in New York, NY
Signed lower right: W. Whittredge.
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

Blackberry picking near Church's Farm Hudson NY
Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
Signed lower left and dated 1863. Known as a Hudson River School painter, especially of mountain landscapes, Arthur Parton was well established in the New York art world where he ex...
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1860s Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

Pair Hudson River School Autumn Landscape Oil Paintings
Located in Rochester, NY
Pair of Hudson river school oil paintings. Possibly the White mountains. One is monogrammed, see last photo. Oil on board. In original frames, circa 1870's.
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil, Board

Night Glow
Located in New York, NY
Ralph Albert Blakelock was a romanticist American painter known primarily for his landscape paintings related to the Tonalism movement.
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

Turtle Mill Brook Long Branch New Jersey circa 1890 Hudson River School Style
Located in Soquel, CA
Turtle Mill Brook Long Branch New Jersey circa 1890 Hudson River School Style Well balance and finely executed Hudson River School painting by Werner (American, B- 1850s). A calm bro...
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Late 19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Linen, Oil

Warm Tones of Evening
Located in San Francisco, CA
Oil on Panel, signed with the artist's initials lower right.
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2010s Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

Into the Night
Located in New York, NY
Signed lower left in arrowhead: RA Blakelock.
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

Antique Hudson River School Native American Indian Forest Landscape Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique American Hudson River School landscape painting. Oil on canvas, circa 1870. Unsigned. Displayed in a period giltwood frame. Image, 30"L x 34"H.
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1870s Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

A Sketch of Derwentwater
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamp on verso; on stretcher bar: SEP 9th 1855
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Mid-19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

The Mountain Lake
Located in New York, NY
Signed and dated lower right in arrowhead: R. A. Blakelock / 1876
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

Newport Beach
Located in New York, NY
Signed and dated lower right: WM. T. Richards - 1873.
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

"Couple in the Field," James Brade Sword, Hunter on Farm Landscape
Located in Larchmont, NY
James Brade Sword (1839 - 1915) Couple in the Field Oil on canvas 16 x 20 inches Signed lower left After a childhood in Macao, China, James Brade Sword started out in life, after hi...
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Late 19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

River Landscape
By John Dolph
Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
John Henry Dolph, is best known as painter of domestic animals, especially cats. He was born in 1835 in Fort Ann, New York, and spent much of his career there, although from 1857 to ...
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Mountain Waterfall
Located in New York, NY
Signed lower right: ATBricher
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil, Board

Joyceville, Connecticut
Located in New York, NY
Monogrammed and dated lower right: DJ. 81; on verso: –Study.– / Joyceville. Ct. / David Johnson. 1881.
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

Beach at Newport, Rhode Island
By James Augustus Suydam 1
Located in New York, NY
Signed lower right: A Suydam
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

California Mill
Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
Signed & dated, lower left, 1869 Herman Ottomar Herzog was born in Bremen, Germany, on November 15, 1831. He studied art at the Dusseldorf Academy, starting in 1848, under several...
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1860s Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Autumn Landscape with Cattle
Located in New York, NY
Signed and dated lower right: J. F. Cropsey / 1879
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

Sunset Over the Shawangunks
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamp on verso
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

Hudson River School Painting in Original Gilt Frame
Located in Rochester, NY
Hudson River school farm scene. Well painted. Oil painting on canvas. In original gold leaf frame, mid-19th century. Unsigned.
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Mid-19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Gold Leaf

"Grand Manan Island Cliffs, Maine," Marie Medora Ross, Ships at Sunset Seascape
Located in Larchmont, NY
Marie Medora E. Ross (1844 - 1920) Grand Manan Island Cliffs, 1881 Signed Lower Left Oil on canvas 30 x 38 inches Provenance: The artist Gifted to artists brother Edwin Ross Descend...
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1880s Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Lifting Fog, Grand Manan
Located in New York, NY
Monogrammed lower left: ATBricher
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

Grand Canyon
Located in New York, NY
Monogrammed and dated lower right: TMORAN. 1919.
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20th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

Sunset on Lake George
Located in New Orleans, LA
The golden red glow of the setting sun permeates throughout this ethereal composition by the great Hudson River School painter Louis Rémy Mignot. Sunset on Lake George brilliantly sh...
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Mid-19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Building the Allegheny Railroad, Pennsylvania" Alfred Wall, Scalp Level School
Located in Larchmont, NY
Alfred S. Wall (American, 1825-1896) Untitled (Building the Railroad), 1859 Oil on canvas 14 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches Signed and dated lower left For Christmas, 2008, the Pittsburgh Post...
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1850s Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Couple on a Bridge
Located in New York, NY
Signed and dated indistinctly lower right: J.F. Cropsey / 187[6]
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Late 19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Mackerel Cove, Conanicut Island, Rhode Island
Located in New York, NY
Signed lower left: WT. Richards; on verso: Mackerel Cove / Conanicut Island
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil, Board

The Catskill Mountain House
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamp on verso
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

Presidential Range, New Hampshire
Located in New York, NY
Initialed and dated lower left: J. F. 1870
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

Indian Encampment
Located in New York, NY
Signed lower left in arrowhead: R. A. Blakelock
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

Indian Head, Ausable Head, Adirondacks
By George Clough
Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
Signed lower left. George Lafayette Clough was born September 18, 1824, in Auburn, New York, and was that city's leading landscapist and, known as a Hudson River School painter, bec...
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Late 19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil, Board

Ausable
Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
Signed lower right. A landscape and marine painter, William Ongley was born in England in 1836 and came to America with his family and settled in New York. His art studies took him ...
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Late 19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

A Summer Gathering
By Ambrose Andrews
Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
Signed lower right. An itinerant portrait, miniature, and landscape painter, Ambrose Andrews had a wide-ranging career geographically that saw him in many regions including New York...
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Indian Summer
Located in New York, NY
Signed and dated lower left: GIGNOUX / 1854; on verso: Moonlight / Painted by / Regis Gignoux / New york / 1854 / Commission of / Mr. Lottimer / Brooklyn
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

Sunset over Lake George
Located in Milford, NH
A beautiful 19th century American School oil painting landscape in the Hudson River style, of a sunset over Lake George. Oil on canvas, unsigned, and housed in an attractive period g...
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

East Hampton, Long Island, NY, 1881
Located in New York, NY
Thomas Moran (1837-1926) East Hampton, Long Island, NY, 1881 Pastel on paper 12 ¼ x 18 ¼ inches Signed and dated 1881, lower right Thomas Moran was born in 1837 in Bolton, Lancashir...
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Paper, Pastel

Transcend, Abstract Landscape, Hudson River School Yellow, Brown
Located in Riverdale, NY
Transcend is an abstracted landscape, oil on canvas, 28x38. In Sharon Gordon's landscapes, you can feel her deep connection and passion for the ever-changing nature of large bodie...
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2010s Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Mount Chocorua
Located in New York, NY
Leading Hudson River School Painter Famous for New England Views.
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

"North Conway Farm," Edward Hill, White Mountain School Antique Landscape View
By Edward Hill
Located in Larchmont, NY
Edward Hill (1843 - 1923) Haying at a North Conway Farm with Mount Washington in the Distance, New Hampshire Oil on canvas 13 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches Signed lower right Provenance: Priv...
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Late 19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Sunset, Amagansett
Located in New York, NY
Monogrammed and dated lower right: TMoran 1905
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Early 1900s Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

19th century painting of Native Americans - Historical Genre America Wigwam
By George Catlin
Located in Antwerp, BE
19th century painting of Native Americans, painted likely ca. 1840-1860s, in the spirit of George Catlin. This rare painting is very finely painted and given the detailed rendering ...
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Pro Patria
Located in New York, NY
A prominent member of the second generation of the Hudson River School, Casilear was celebrated among his contemporaries for his serene, light-infused images of nature.
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

New York Landscape
Located in Milford, NH
A fine New York landscape with cows by American artist Emile Faure Beaulieu (b. 1828, actively exhibiting in the 1850-1860’s). Beaulieu was known as a designer, wood engraver, and la...
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1850s Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

River Landscape
Located in New York, NY
Signed lower right: L.W.Prentice.
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil, Panel

On the Hudson
Located in New York, NY
Signed and dated lower left: Homer / Martin March 1860
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

View of Lake Champlain, c. 1857
Located in New York, NY
JAMES MCDOUGAL HART (1828–1901) View of Lake Champlain, c. 1857 Oil on canvas 26 3/16 x 36 1⁄4 inches Signed lower center Exhibition History: National Academy of Design, 1857 (cat. ...
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

Hudson River School Plein Air Oil Painting Sketch on Paper Mountain Landscape
Located in Buffalo, NY
A very nice Hudson River School plein air oil sketch on paper mounted to board. Possibly a scene of Mt Chocorua in New Hampshire. Kennedy Gallery provenance. Painting size 10" x 16...
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1870s Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Crow’s Nest on Hudson
By Francis Augustus Silva
Located in New York, NY
Signed lower right: F.A. Silva
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil

A Trail through the Trees
Located in New York, NY
Monogrammed lower left: ABierstadt
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19th Century Hudson River School Landscape Paintings

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Oil, Board

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