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Cove Scene at Dusk

Period 19th Century
Materials oil on board
Dimensions
W. 9 in; H. 6 in;
W. 22.86 cm; H. 15.24 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date 1874
Description Why We Love It

Luminous coastal scenes have a special place in our hearts and this small gem literally glows. One of the few paintings by Archibald Cary Smith we have ever seen that is not a yacht racing scene, this 1874 work is reminiscent of the painters of the Luminist School, such as Sanford Gifford and John Kensett.

The Value

Since it is estimated that Archibald Cary Smith painted fewer than 200 works, (and most of them paintings of sailing yachts), this oil on board is exceedingly rare. It is in excellent condition and is in a fine period frame.

Artist Background

1837: Born in New York City. His father, Joseph B. Smith, was a ship portrait painter; Until the 1860s: Studied ship building and practiced the shipwright’s trade in New York. Studied painting with M.F.H. de Haas; 1867-77: Concentrated mostly on marine paintings. The majority of his work was complete during this period. Exhibited at the National Academy of Design (NAD); 1877 on: Devoted himself to the yacht design; 1881: Designed “Mischief,” the America’s Cup defender; 1911: Died. He only painted about 200 paintings during his lifetime, making his work quite rare.
Styles / Movements Luminism
Incollect Reference Number 98416
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