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Church, Frederic Edwin (1826-1900)
One of the key instruments involved in forging a sense of an American self after the establishment of the United States would be a group of artists collectively known as the Hudson River School. The Hudson River School was an American landscape movement which began in 1825 and achieved the height of its popularity from 1840 to 1870. The early years of the school were dominated by artists who lived and worked in New York, including its founder Thomas Cole. These artists shared a common...
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Coheleach, Guy (1933) View 1 Item
There are artists and then there are adventurers; only rarely in cases like those of John James Audubon and Peter Beard, do the two overlap. Another conspicuous addition to that roster is the American wildlife artist Guy Coheleach. His thirst for authenticity in his paintings has led Coheleach into a number of dangerous animal encounters, including, like Beard, being run down by an elephant. That horrifying event took place in Zambia in 1972, was captured on film, and has been shown in many venues, ...
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Cole, Thomas (1801-1848) View 2 Items
They also shared a common philosophic outlook that sought to render the sublime in their paintings - the depiction of God through nature; as Ralph Waldo Emerson phrased it, an art in which every "natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact." Though Thomas Cole hadn't come to America until the age of 17, like another famous immigrant, John James Audubon, he had a keen sense of what it meant to be American. In fact, he exemplified many of the ideals of the ...
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Coney, John (1656-1722)
John Coney (1655-1722). Coney, sometimes spelled Cony, was born in Boston, the son of a cooper, and apprenticed to the first native-born American silversmith, Jeremiah Dummer (1645-1718) whose sister he later married. A skilled engraver, Coney designed the plates for the first banknotes printed in America, those put out by the Massachusetts Bay Company in 1690 and 1702. He also produced the first American-made teapot and a caudle cup for Harvard College (as it was known then) later said to have inspired...
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Cost, James Peter (1923-2002) View 2 Items
Though born in Philadelphia on March 3, 1923, James Peter Cost has more often been identified with the California coast, to which his family moved when he was nine. Having received degrees from U.C.L.A. and U.S.C., Cost taught fine art at the secondary level for fourteen years before embarking on a full-time painting career. He began a serious study of traditional techniques and composition and eventually became a neo-realist. As such, he quickly made a name for himself (enabling him to quit teaching) with ...
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Cowell, William (1682-1736)
Born in Boston, the seventh child of John and Hannah Cowell, William is believed to have begun his apprenticeship under Jeremiah Dummer in 1696. Ten years later he was married to Elizabeth Kilby and carried on his trade, advertising as a "Goldsmith" in the Boston News-Letter from time to time. His son, William, Jr., served apprenticeship under him and continued his silversmithing business after the elder Cowell retired in 1728 to become an innholder. Cowell's estate was appraised by another well-known Colonial silversmith--Jacob...
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Crane, Robert Bruce (1857-1937) View 1 Item
Born in New York City in 1857, Robert Bruce Crane embraced two artistic movements of the late nineteenth century - the Barbizon school and tonalism. By the 1870s, the Barbizon movement had found its way to America where it quickly supplanted the more representational works of the Hudson River School painters. The leading American exponent of the Barbizon School, George Inness, began his artistic career as part of the later Hudson River School, but moved by his preference for what he termed "civilized...
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Cropsey, Jasper Francis (1823-1900) View 1 Item
A native of New York, Jasper Cropsey began his artistic career as an architect, but when his employer arranged for him to take watercolor lessons in order to paint architectural renderings, Cropsey discovered his vocation for painting. He soon moved to oils and found a mentor in genre painter William Sidney Mount who encouraged him to follow his artistic inclinations. Nonetheless, Cropsey opened an architectural office in New York in 1843, but also exhibited his first painting at the National Academy of Design...
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