Early 19th Century Boston Charles River Landscape Painting by J. Wolcott, 18_9

Early 19th Century Boston Charles River Landscape Painting by J. Wolcott, 18_9

$3,500.00

18th Century Boston Landscape Painting, signed and dated by Boston artist J. Wolcote, 1809, an oil on panel landscape painting of river winding through rural countryside, with period inscription on the reverse identifying the scene as along the Charles River in “Brooklyne, Mass. in 1799.”

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Early 19th Century Boston Landscape Painting, signed and dated by Boston artist J. Wolcott, 18_9, an oil on panel landscape painting of river winding through rural countryside, with period inscription on the reverse identifying the scene as along the Charles River in “Brooklyne, Mass. in 1799.” The view features figures in a pram on the river, and a figure fishing on the near bank. The painting was very nicely done in the Romantic School style popular at the time, with fine detail and a very calm, placid mood. The painting is mounted in what is likely the original frame.

The signature and date are difficult to read (strong ink but sketchy penmanship!), but certainly appears to be that of Josiah Wolcott (American: 1814 – 1885), a Boston artist who was active from 1835 to 1857 and was known for his New England landscapes. His painting of The Flume in New Hampshire’s White Mountains was exhibited at the Boston Athenaeum in 1837.

It is remarkable to see such an early eye-witness view of the venerable Charles River as it was in such a pristine, unspoiled countryside.

The painting is in excellent condition, recently cleaned, and with one tiny invisible spot professionally restored in the lower center where it had chipped.

Measures: 16-1/4 in H x 23-3/4 in overall.

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