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Hudson River School Art

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
Reminiscence of Vermont, ca. 1860–1870
Located in New York, NY
In this detailed and colorful rendering of a Vermont countryside entitled “Reminiscence of Vermont,” William Hart paints two figures walking along a stream
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Board

Sunset Glow, Roman Campagna
Located in New York, NY
William Stanley Haseltine paints a beautiful river landscape in Roman Campagna at the end of day in his artwork entitled, “Sunset Glow, Roman Campagna.”
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Late 19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

Autumn Landscape with Boy Fishing
Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
Signed lower right. This painting was exhibited in the Christopher Pearse Cranch landscape exhibition in 2007 at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum and published and illustrated in the cata...
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Late 19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

Sketching Among the Irises by George Herbert McCord (American: 1848-1909)
Located in New York, NY
"Sketching Among the Irises" by George Herbert McCord (1848-1909) is oil on canvas and measures 20 x 16 inches. The painting is signed by the artist at the lower left.
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

Hudson River School Style Painting, Signed Brundell
Located in Larchmont, NY
G. Brundell Untitled, c. Early 20th Century Oil on canvas Sight: 10 x 18 in. Framed: 20 x 27 7/8 x 2 in.
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Early 20th Century Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Breaking Through the Clouds, Kentucky" Carl Brenner, Appalachia Landscape
By Carl Christian Brenner
Located in New York, NY
Carl Brenner Breaking Through the Clouds, Kentucky, 1876 Signed and dated lower right Oil on canvas 18 x 30 inches Provenance: Merida Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky Richard Dee Spenc...
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1870s Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

Hudson River School Style Painting, Signed Brundell
Located in Larchmont, NY
G. Brundell Untitled, c. Early 20th Century Oil on canvas Sight: 10 x 18 in. Framed: 19 7/8 x 27 7/8 x 2 in. Signed lower left
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Early 20th Century Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

Antique American Hudson River School Seascape Sunset Sailboat Signed Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Very impressive 19th century Hudson River School pastel painting of sailing ships by George Herbert McCord (1848 - 1909). Pastel on board. Nicely framed. Image size, 6.5"H x 9"L.
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1880s Hudson River School Art

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Pastel

Native American Encampment, western scene
By Harvey Otis Young
Located in Greenwich, CT
This rare and impressive depiction of a white capped mountain and Indian encampment from the 1870's is a great image for a library or rustic room. Exquisitely painted, Young focused...
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1870s Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

Chapel of the Madonna di Vitaleta, original realist Italian landscape
Located in Spring Lake, NJ
This original Hudson River School realist interpretation of the Chapel of the Madonna di Vitela, still standing in exceedingly picturesque Tuscany invites you into the heart of one ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hudson River School Art

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Oil

Antique American School 19th Century Nautical Seascape Sailboat Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Impressive 19th century seascape. Oil on canvas. Housed in fine fluted cove contemporary giltwood frame.
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1880s Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

[Mount Washington Winter Scene]
Located in Boston, MA
Signed and dated lower left: "SW Griggs 73". In fine condition.
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1870s Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

Sunset Landscape, 1868
Located in New York, NY
F. Alexander Wust paints a stellar sunset over a hillside with light red color in his artwork entitled, “Sunset Landscape.”
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

Antique American Impressionist Hudson River School Coastal Seascape Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique impressionist painting of a coastal seascape. Oil on canvas, circa 1900. Signed illegibly. Framed. Image size, 18L x 12H.
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1890s Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

Summer on the Delaware
Located in New York, NY
Hermann Herzog paints a beautiful mountainside landscape with a house set into the incline in his work entitled, “Summer on the Delaware.”
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Late 19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

1880s Original Hudson River School Landscape -- Sunset Through The Forest
By Charles Russell Loomis
Located in Soquel, CA
Beautiful Hudson River School Original gouache autumnal landscape of vivid sunset through forest by Charles Russell Loomis (American 1857 - 1936), circa 1880. Warm and cool tones wit...
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1880s Hudson River School Art

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Gouache, Paper, Cardboard

Bay of New York at Sunrise, 1875
Located in New York, NY
Edward Moran paints a scenic coastal scene of ships setting out into the Bay of New York at the beginning of day in his artwork entitled, “ Bay of New York at Sunrise”
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Late 19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Board

Under the Palisades, 1899
Located in New York, NY
Jasper Francis Cropsey paints a view out from the Palisades onto the Hudson River in his artwork entitled, “Under the Palisades.”
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

A Mountain Trail, Colorado, 1868
Located in New York, NY
Worthington Whittredge paints an iconic scene of the burgeoning West of the United States, specifically Colorado, in his artwork entitled, “A Mountain Trail, Colorado.”
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

Hunter and Canoe
Located in New York, NY
Hermann Herzog depicts a stunning view of a figure preparing a fire in a grassy field with snow-capped mountains in the distance in his work entitled, “Hunter and Canoe.”
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Mid-19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Board

Highlands Tracks
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Framed drawing with a choice of black or white frame (please write a message to seller of your preferred frame color). Mat opening, width: 11 1/2 " - Mat opening, height: 15 ¼ " Fram...
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1990s Hudson River School Art

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Laid Paper, Graphite, Charcoal

Hikers at the Highlands No.2
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Framed drawing with a choice of black or white frame (please write a message to seller of your preferred frame color). Mat opening, width: 11 1/2 " - Mat opening, height: 15 ¼ " Fram...
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1990s Hudson River School Art

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Laid Paper, Pencil, Graphite

Hikers at the Highlands No.3
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Framed drawing with a choice of black or white frame (please write a message to seller of your preferred frame color). Mat opening, width: 11 1/2 " - Mat opening, height: 15 ¼ " Fram...
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1990s Hudson River School Art

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Laid Paper, Pencil, Graphite

Seascape by George Herbert McCord (American, 1848-1909)
Located in New York, NY
"Seascape," by Hudson River School artist George Herbert McCord (1848-1909) is oil on canvas and measures 18.07 x 30.13 inches. The work which comes from a private collection in Birmingham, Alabama is signed “G.H. McCord A.N.A.” at the lower left. The work is framed in a beautiful, period appropriate frame, and ready to hang. A member of the second generation of Hudson River School painters, George Herbert McCord is known for his atmospheric landscape and marine paintings which capture a variety of locales and are executed in a variety of media—including oil, pastel, and watercolor. McCord was born in 1848 in New York City, where he lived and worked his entire life. After 1883, he kept an additional studio in Morristown, NJ. McCord traveled throughout North America, painting in the Berkshire, Adirondack and Laurentian mountain ranges, the Hudson River Valley, the Coast of New England, the Upper Mississippi, and Florida, which had become popular among Eastern vacationers. He was among a select group of artists commissioned by the Santa Fe Railroad to paint the Grand Canyon, and also participated in a special painting excursion to the Erie Canal. His travels in Europe were equally expansive, taking him to England, Scotland (having been commissioned by Andrew Carnegie to paint the scenery around his castle there), France, the Netherlands, and Italy. McCord was well-educated, having attended Claverack College amidst the Catskills in Claverack, NY, which provided instruction in classical, French, German, English, music, painting, military, commercial, telegraphic and agricultural studies. He also studied with the accomplished painter and inventor of Morse code, Samuel F.B. Morse, and with the Scottishborn landscape painter, James Fairman. McCord was active in numerous art clubs and institutions in New York, including the National Academy of Design, which elected him an Associate member in 1880, the American Watercolor Society, the Brooklyn Art...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Canvas

St. Valentine's Day -- The Old Story in All Lands
Located in Fairlawn, OH
St. Valentine's Day -- The Old Story in All Lands Wood engraving, 1868 Published in: Harper's Weekly, February 22, 1868 Titled and signed in the block Image size: 13 5/8 x 9 inches C...
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1860s Hudson River School Art

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Engraving

Shawangunk Mountains by Lemuel Maynard Wiles (American, 1826-1905)
Located in New York, NY
Shawangunk Mountains [View from top of Granit Road Looking Southeast] by Hudson River School artist Lemuel Maynard Wiles (1826-1905) is oil on can...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Board, Oil, Canvas

Sandy Beach, Cohasset, 1860
By Winckworth Allan Gay
Located in New York, NY
Winckworth Allan Gay paints a scenic coastal scene from an elevated perspective overlooking a wave-filled beach below in his work entitled, “Sandy Beach, Cohasset.”
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Mid-19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Canvas

Oil Landscape of Horizon at Sunset
Located in Fredericksburg, VA
Franklin Stanwood was born in Portland Maine and was raised by a captain. He was very self taught as he began his painting journey and practiced many di...
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Late 19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Board, Oil

In the Sierras by Historic Woman Artist Kate W. Newhall (American, 1840-1917)
Located in New York, NY
Historic woman artist Kate W. Newhall's painting "In the Sierras" is oil on panel, measures 7 x 11 inches, and is signed at the lower left. The work is framed in an elegant, period a...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Panel, Oil

Hudson River Landscape, 1865 by Johann Hermann Carmiencke (American, 1810-1867)
By Johann Hermann Carmiencke
Located in New York, NY
Painted by Hudson River School artist Johann Hermann Carmiencke, "Hudson River Landscape" 1865 is oil on canvas, measures 12 x 18 inches, and is signed and dated 1865 at the lower ri...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

Anglers on an Adirondack Lake by Ernest Parton (American, 1845-1933)
Located in New York, NY
Hudson River School artist Ernest Parton's (1845-1933) "Anglers on an Adirondack Lake" is oil on canvas, measures 10 x 20 inches, and is signed and dated 1871 at the lower left. The ...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Canvas

Bass Lake, 1876 by Robert Spear Dunning (American, 1829-1905)
By Robert Spear Dunning
Located in New York, NY
Painted by Hudson River School artist Robert Spear Dunning (1829-1905) , "Bass Lake" 1876 is oil on board, measures 6.5 x 11.5 inches, and is signed, titled, and dated 1876 on the ve...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Board, Oil

Sunset on the Hudson River by Hermann Simon (American, 1846-1895)
Located in New York, NY
Painted by Hudson River School artist Hermann Simon (1846-1895) , "Sunset on the Hudson River" is oil on canvas, measures 15 x 25 inches, and is signed and dated 1875 at the lower ri...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

Summer along the Boquet River, 1875 by Julie Hart Beers (American, 1835-1913)
Located in New York, NY
Painted by Hudson River School artist Julie Hart Beers (1835-1913), "Summer along the Boquet River" is oil on canvas and measures 9 x 11 inches. It is signed and dated 1875 at the lo...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Canvas

Spring Thaw (Hudson River School Style Landscape Pastel Drawing, Gold Frame)
Located in Hudson, NY
Hudson River School inspired landscape in oil pastel of a countryside sunset "Spring Thaw" by Judy Reynolds 24 x 36 inches, 30 x 43 inches framed Signed, lower left This landscape ...
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2010s Hudson River School Art

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Pastel, Paper

Antique American Impressionist Niagara Falls Landscape Framed Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique American impressionist landscape of Niagara Falls. Oil on canvas. Unsigned. Framed.
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Early 1900s Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Canvas

Scene in the White Mountains by Alfred Thompson Bricher (American, 1837-1908)
Located in New York, NY
Painted by Hudson River School artist Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837-1908) , "Scene in the White Mountains" is oil on panel, measures 5.5 x 9.75 inches, and is signed and dated 1864 a...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Panel, Oil

"Dover Plains" John Williamson, Hudson River School Landscape, Upstate New York
Located in New York, NY
John Williamson Dover Plains, New York Oil on canvas 24 x 32 inches Provenance: Estate of Catherine McEntee Linda Rodgers Private Collection, Westlake, California Brian Applegate, Ventura...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Canvas

Highlands - Hudson River from West Point by Thomas B. Pope (American, 1834-1891)
Located in New York, NY
Painted by Hudson River School artist Thomas Benjamin Pope (1834–1891), "Highlands - Hudson River from West Point Looking North" is oil on canvas ...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Board, Oil

Camel's Hump, Vermont, 1877 by Laura Woodward (American, 1834-1926)
By Laura Woodward
Located in New York, NY
Painted by Hudson River School artist Laura Woodward (1834-1926), "Camel's Hump, Vermont" 1877 is oil on canvas and measures 14 x 24 inches. It is signe...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Canvas

Landscape
By Asher Brown Durand
Located in Fredericksburg, VA
This is a beautiful landscape done by the famous Hudson River School artist, Asher Brown Durand. Asher B. Durand began his art career following his father in engraving. He was one of...
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Mid-19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Canvas

Bathing at Long Branch-“Oh, Ain’t it Cold”
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Bathing at Long Branch-“Oh, Ain’t it Cold” Wood engraving, 1871 Signed in the block with the artist's initials "WH", see photo Published in: Every Saturday, Aug. 16, 1871 Condition: ...
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1870s Hudson River School Art

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Woodcut

Landscape
Located in New York, NY
Hudson River School artist Samuel Colman paints an idyllic landscape in the late afternoon glow in his artwork entitled, “Landscape.”
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Late 19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Board

19th Century Hudson River School Bucolic Landscape
Located in Soquel, CA
Beautiful example of the Hudson River School romantic bucolic New York autumn landscape with cows foraging. Illegible artist signature on stretcher bar (See enhanced images). Conditi...
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1870s Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Linen

Haying in the Hudson River Valley by Frederick Rondel, Sr. (American, 1826-1892)
Located in New York, NY
Painted by Hudson River School artist Frederick Rondel, Sr. (1826-1892), "Haying in the Hudson River Valley" is oil on canvas, measures 10.25 x 14 inches, and is signed by Rondel at ...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

Autumn River with Punt in the Reeds by M.J. Walters (American, 1837-1883)
Located in New York, NY
Painted by Hudson River School artist Mary Josephine Walters (1837-1883), "Autumn River with Punt in the Reeds" is oil on canvas and measures 13.25 x 23.75 inches. It is inscribed in...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Canvas

Full Sail at Twilight by Hudson River School Artist J.B. Bristol (1826–1909)
By John Bunyan Bristol
Located in New York, NY
Painted by Hudson River School artist J.B. Bristol (1826–1909), "Full Sail at Twilight" is oil on canvas, measures 12 x 18 1/8 inches, and is signed at the lower right. The work is f...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Canvas

View of South Pond, New York, 1879 by Ida H. Stebbins (American, b. 1851)
Located in New York, NY
Painted by Hudson River School artist Ida H. Stebbins (b. 1851), "View of South Pond, New York," 1879 is oil on canvas, measures 23 x 33 1/2 inches, and is signed and dated 1879 at t...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Canvas

Large Panoramic YOSEMITE VALLEY Western California Encampment Landscape Figures
Located in New York, NY
Joseph John Englehart (1867-1915) was a prolific American landscape painter who painted in realist style. He was born on June 14, 1867 in Chicago, Illi...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil

Newburgh by Hudson River School Artist Thomas B. Pope (American, 1834-1891)
Located in New York, NY
Painted by Hudson River School artist Thomas Benjamin Pope (1834–1891), "Newburgh" is oil on canvas, measures 20 x 30 1/2 inches, and is signed at...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Canvas

Rare 19th Century Watercolor and Platinotype -- Coming Home
By Edward Lamson Henry
Located in Soquel, CA
Rare 19th Century Watercolor and Platinotype -- Coming Home Wonderful and rare 19th Century watercolor and platinotype (Watercolor over Platinum photograph) attributed to Edward Lamson Henry...
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Late 19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Platinum, Paper, Watercolor

Twilight in the Hills
Located in Wiscasett, ME
A luminous Autumn oil on canvas board landscape, probably of the hills in the Hudson River Valley, by the noted American artist William Louis Sonntag (1822-1900). Signed in the lower...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil

Romantic American School Fall Forest Interior Impressionist Framed Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique American impressionist fall forest oil painting. Oil on canvasboard. Finely painted and housed in a period giltwood frame.
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1890s Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

Early 20th Century Hudson River School Autumnal Lake Landscape
Located in Soquel, CA
Gorgeous Hudson River School style autumnal landscape of California Sierra lake with oaks and evergreen trees with shrubs turning red and orange hues. S...
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Early 20th Century Hudson River School Art

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Linen, Oil

Tower of Babel, Colorado Canyon oil painting by Samuel Colman
Located in Hudson, NY
Tower of Babel, Colorado Canyon 12 ⅞" x 14 ½" 20 ¾" x 22 ¾" x 4 ¼" framed Verso sketch of fall trees on a hillside. Provenance: The estate of Samuel Colman. Purchased by private c...
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Early 20th Century Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

Autumn Scene with Boat
Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
Signed lower left. Bio:: Known as a Hudson River School painter, especially of mountain landscapes, Arthur Parton was well established in the New York art world where he exhibited ...
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Late 19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Canvas

"Hubbard Park, Crescent City, Florida" George Frederick Morse, Landscape
Located in New York, NY
George Frederick Morse Hubbard Park, Crescent City, Florida, 1906 Oil on canvas 17 x 12 inches A landscape and marine painter from Portland, Maine, George Morse was a founding membe...
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Early 1900s Hudson River School Art

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Canvas, Oil

Mink Hollow Brook by Hudson River Artist Jervis McEntee (American, 1828-1891)
Located in New York, NY
"Mink Hollow Brook," by Hudson River School artist Jervis McEntee (1828-1891) depicts the lush foliage, and rocky terrain surrounding a Catskill brook. This 19th century oil paintin...
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19th Century Hudson River School Art

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Oil, Canvas

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Find a wide variety of authentic Hudson River School art available for sale on 1stDibs. Works in this style were very popular during the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artists have continued to produce works inspired by this movement. If you’re looking to add art created in this style to introduce contrast in an otherwise neutral space in your home, the works available on 1stDibs include elements of blue, orange, purple and other colors. Many Pop art paintings were created by popular artists on 1stDibs, including Ralph Albert Blakelock, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Jasper Francis Cropsey, and John Frederick Kensett. Frequently made by artists working with Paint, and Oil Paint and other materials, all of these pieces for sale are unique and have attracted attention over the years. Not every interior allows for large Hudson River School art, so small editions measuring 2 inches across are also available. Prices for art made by famous or emerging artists can differ depending on medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $400 and tops out at $875,000, while the average work sells for $13,267.

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