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View Near Catskill

Item

Title

View Near Catskill

Creator

Samuel Jones
American, birth date unknown–1818

Date

1817

Materials

Graphite and ink on paper

Description

The life of Samuel Jones remains obscure. An inscription on the verso of this drawing notes that it was given to John Neagle by Thomas Birch, two Philadelphia artists, in 1827. That same year, two Shakespearean scenes by Jones were exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Beyond that, little information about the artist seems to survive. This drawing is thus significant as an early—and exceedingly rare—depiction of the landscape, already showing signs of settlement, in the Catskill Mountains of New York, the region that would inspire and become closely associated with subsequent generations of American landscape painters.

Source

The John Driscoll American Drawings Collection

Identifier

2018.163

Rights

This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses may not be permitted.