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Skinner Auctions Boston MA
3100B Boston
May 11, 2018 10:00 AMCalender

David Johnson (American, 1827-1908) Figures by Trenton Falls

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3100B Location: Boston Date / Time: May 11, 2018 10:00AM


David Johnson (American, 1827-1908)

Figures by Trenton Falls
Monogrammed and dated "DJ. 74." l.l., identified in an inscription on the frame backing board.
Oil on canvas, 18 1/4 x 29 3/4 in. (46.5 x 76.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Lined onto a rigid support, scattered retouch, fine craquelure, possible skinning.

Provenance: Onondaga Historical Association, Syracuse, New York, the Artwork Collection; Skinner, Inc., American & European Paintings & Prints, September 25, 1998, Sale 1862, Lot 282; to the current private collection.

Literature: Gwendolyn Owens, Nature Transcribed: The Landscapes and Still Lifes of David Johnson (1827-1908) (Hanover & London: University Press of New England, 1988), p. 82.

N.B. David Johnson made Trenton Falls the subject of his painting during much of his career. The Falls, northeast of Utica, New York, on the West Canada Creek, was a popular mid-19th century tourist attraction. In the example presented here, the artist displayed his detailed and controlled brush stroke, coupled with the inclusion of figures, both hallmarks of his 1870s style.
Estimate $20,000-40,000

Inscribed with the accession number 1991.1.55 on the frame backing and with a handwritten hanging tag from the Onondaga Historical Association, Syracuse, New York.

A stamp on the backing board notes that the painting was treated by Gustave D. Kliman in 1997, using the thermo-pneumatic lining process.

Framed dimensions 22 5/8 x 34 inches.

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David Johnson, B. David Johnson, Gwendolyn Owens, Utica, London