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VERSO
Label, Godel & Co., New York, NY

Born in a log cabin in 1820, and raised on a farm in Ohio, Worthington Whittredge became an important American landscape painter who later helped develop the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. As a very young man Whittredge moved with his brother-in-law, a sign painter, to Cincinnati and basically taught himself the art of landscape painting. In 1837, he met Nicholas Longworth, who became his patron and arranged for him to study in Europe. After ten years of education and travel Whittredge returned to New York City and devoted himself to painting the American landscapes of New York and New England. He became a new Hudson River school painter, emphasizing sunlight as it filtered through the thick foliage of the Catskill and White Mountains. By the mid-nineteenth century, however, civilization was changing the pristine eastern landscape. Whittredge decided to journey west with John Frederick Kensett and Sanford Robinson Gifford to Fort Kearny in Nebraska and then the Rockies where he found new inspiration for his landscape paintings.

PROVENANCE
Mr. & Mrs. James Owen Watts, Lynchburg, VA by the 1930s Private Collection, by descent
Private Collection, New York, NY 2006

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