Item: Unframed oil on canvas by Helen Janet Gill Raymond, an artist born in 1835 in Brattleboro, Vermont. Depicted is a winter landscape at dusk. The artist married Charles Raymond, the famous owner of Raymond Sewing Machines, whom she'd met in Brattleboro. Mr. Raymond employed many women (19 or so by 1871) to hand paint his Raymond Sewing Machines. It's thought that he met Helen J. Gill, who painted the oil offered for sale here, in such capacity as a working artist. The couple eventually ended up in Guelph, Ontario, Canada and were also important in that city, which today "is consistently rated as one of Canada's best places to live". As Brattleboro, VT is only about 20 minutes from Keene, New Hampshire, I'd not only categorize the painting offered here as a White Mountain School piece, but also believe it's the oldest example from the School that I've ever had. Attention International Buyers: The item may be too big to ship to your country... Please contact me for a shipping quote before bidding. If not too big, item ships via USPS Express Mail International, and with the price you pay declared on Customs forms. Your signature is required. Thanks for understanding.
Markings: Signed and dated on the back (top stretcher bar), with later writing on the bottom stretcher bar clarifying who the artist was and detailing Provenance (Arthur Raymond to Mrs. D.B. Shutt to Hugh Douglass).
Age: circa 1883.
Condition: Used. One patch repair area, and loss upper left, both with some amateur but very minor inpaint. Imperfect condition and would benefit from art restoration.
Dimensions: Approx. 20 1/8 x 30 1/8 inches.
Origin: Discovered in New Jersey.
Features: The painting reminds me of the work of William Charles Anthony Frerichs (1829-1905), an artist you can read more about on the White Mountain Art site.
Background: From the net: White Mountain art is the body of work created during the 19th century by over four hundred artists who painted landscape scenes of the White Mountains of New Hampshire in order to promote the region and, consequently, sell their works of art.In the early part of the 19th century, artists ventured to the White Mountains of New Hampshire to sketch and paint. Many of the first artists were attracted to the region because of the 1826 tragedy of the Willey family, in which nine people lost their lives in a mudslide. These early works portrayed a dramatic and untamed mountain wilderness. Dr. Robert McGrath describes a Thomas Cole (1801–1848) painting titled Distant View of the Slide that Destroyed the Willey Family thus: "... an array of broken stumps and errant rocks, together with a gathering storm, suggest the wildness of the site while evoking an appropriate ambient of darkness and desolation". The images stirred the imagination of Americans, primarily from the large cites of the northeast, who traveled to the White Mountains to view the scenes for themselves. Others soon followed: innkeepers, writers, scientists, and more artists. The White Mountains became a major attraction for tourists from the New England states and beyond. The circulation of paintings and prints depicting the area enabled those who could not visit, because of lack of means, distance, or other circumstance, to appreciate its beauty.Transportation improved to the region; inns and later grand resort hotels, complete with artists in residence, were built. Benjamin Champney (1817–1907), one of the early artists, popularized the Conway Valley. Other artists preferred the Franconia area, and yet still others ventured to Gorham, Shelburne and the communities of the north. Although these artists all painted similar scenes within the White Mountains, each artist had an individual style that characterized his work. These landscape paintings in the Hudson River tradition, however, eventually fell out of favor with the public, and, by the turn of the century, the era for White Mountain art had ended. PLEASE SEE MY EBAY STORE FOR A NICE SELECTION OF ART, ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES.
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