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Peaches

Documentation Signed
Origin United States, Pennsylvania
Period 19th Century
Materials Oil on panel
Dimensions
W. 21 in; H. 15 in;
W. 53.34 cm; H. 38.1 cm;
Condition Good. Professional light cleaning and varnishing within the last three decades. Slight crack in panel lower right corner -professionally conserved. Wear consistent with age.
Creation Date 1855
Description Hiram Dwight Torrey was born in 1820 in New Lebanon, New York. He taught painting and drawing at the Washington Female Seminary in the late 1840’s. Torrey was primarily a landscape painter, but also produced portraits, hunting pieces, and still lifes. Upon his marriage in 1850, he and his wife moved to Milwaukee where he opened an art studio.

In 1853, Torrey relocated to Reading, Pennsylvania. It was during his residence in Reading that two of his paintings were accepted for exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. In 1855, he exhibited a still life entitled “Peaches,” and in 1856, he exhibited a painting entitled “Sunrise Among the Mountains,” thought to represent the Berks County landscape. While living in Berks County, Torrey was befriended by Francis Daniel Devlan (1835-1870). Together they established the Reading Art Union in 1854, promoting local artists and providing purchasing opportunities for collectors.

Hiram Torrey was also interested in music and poetry. He was instrumental in the founding of the Reading Musical Society and was a member of the Literary Society. Torrey remained in Reading until 1862, and eventually traveled abroad to study art. He returned to the United States and died in 1900 in Delanco, New Jersey.

This exceptional table top still life is presented in a period gold-leaf frame, with overall measurements of 25" wide x 19" tall.
Styles / Movements Realism
Incollect Reference Number 280635
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