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Thomas B. Griffin (American, 1858-1918) Landscape Painting of a Lake

ITEM #: 801PVP27Z

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Signed lower-right "T.B. Griffin", original lining and likely original frame
Item # 801PVP27Z

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1858, Thomas Bartholomew (or Bailey) Griffin studied formally at the National Academy of Design in New York.  He exhibited regularly and became well known for his impressionistic landscape work, a large body of which focused on the Castkills.  The present example is a fine rendering of a lake or perhaps a large river flowing through the hills during autumn, the foliage almost fiery with oranges and yellows throughout the trees and underbrush.  Griffin’s brushstrokes are minute and relentless with a gentle layering that lends hints of shapes and colors that build into a full landscape.  The cloudy sky is vibrant and full of detail, but the foreground is the most interesting with chaotic displays of fallen woods and hints or rocks under greenery.  It remains in excellent original condition on the original lining, having been professionally cleaned and conserved in the last decade or so and remaining in presentation-ready condition.  It is signed in the lower right corner and is housed in what is likely the original frame, or at least one that is of the period with a nearly identical level of oxidization in the pine secondary woods.  This is a magnificent frame with fully developed acanthus profiles in the corners and a beautiful reeded molding that surrounds the painting; an inner edge is molded with repeating foliage and a small identifying placard for the artist.  For the serious collector of fine Barbizon and impressionism works, this is a gorgeous landscape scene that makes a powerful statement in whatever room it becomes a part of.

Artist Listing References:

  • Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers, Glenn B. Opitz (editor), p. 374
  • E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Vol. VI, Gründ, 2006, p. 671

Measurements:  35 1/4 W x 4 D x 27 H [frame]; 24 W x 16 H [canvas]

Condition Report:
Original lining and likely housed in the original frame.  Light craquelure and some stretcher bar visibility on the sides.  Under UV showing spot of touch up in lower-right (facing) beneath the fallen branch, a few spots to the sky and other minor touch ups; beautifully conserved in the last decade or so.  Some gilding losses to frame, more notably along the bottom portion.