American, 1859-1935


oil on card
inscribed, signed, and dated "Sketch" Childe Hassam 1886 lower left
10 x 15 in., frame: 19 x 24 in.

  • Provenance: Provenance: Mr. Frank N. Gay, Boston, ca. 1886; Private Massachusetts collection, 1985; Private collection, Kennebunkport, Maine, 1986.

    Literature: This painting will be included in the forthcoming Childe Hassam catalogue raisonne by Stuart P. Feld and Kathleen M. Burnside.

    This early Hassam oil depicts Mount Kearsarge, a mountain that straddles the towns of Warner and Wilmot in New Hampshire's White Mountains. The painting displays strong, confident brush strokes, vibrant highlights, and a cohesive composition, while Hassam's bold signature in the lower left corner suggests that the young artist was both impressed by and proud of his work. The glistening trees and mirrored reflections within the painting foreshadow the similarly atmospheric works that Hassam would create over the course of his celebrated career.
  • Dimensions: 10 x 15 in., frame: 19 x 24 in.
  • Artist Name: CHILDE HASSAM
  • Medium: oil on card
  • Condition: Slight wear at edges; UV examination reveals scattered inpainting: one area in tree line, one area in water, and a few touched up scratches on mountain.

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