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Native Americans Riding Toward Home

Documentation Signed
Documentation Notes Signed lower right
Origin United States
Period 19th Century
Dimensions
W. 27.5 in; H. 18.5 in;
W. 69.85 cm; H. 46.99 cm;
Condition Good.
Description Biography from the Archives of askART
Biography photo for Ransome Gillet Holdredge
Born in New York City in 1836, Ransome Holdredge came to California via the Isthmus of Panama in 1858 and worked as a draftsman at the Mare Island Naval Yard. His paintings of the 1860s and early 1870s were signed "Holdridge" and were done in the realistic style of the Hudson River School.

During this period he maintained a studio in San Francisco's Donahoe-Kelly Bank Bldg and exhibited locally. In 1874 he and Hiram Bloomer held a joint sale of their paintings to finance European studies. He left in that year and spent about two years studying in France.

His obituary states that he was a field artist for Scribner's publications and was with Major Reno's troops at the time of the Custer massacre in 1876.

After his studies in France, he returned to San Francisco with a distinctly different style. Paintings done after that time show the influence of the Barbizon School and were signed "Holdredge."

His works were in great demand during his lifetime, received rave reviews by the local press, and were often considered superior to those done by William Keith. Holdredge traveled extensively throughout the Northwest, Southwest, the Rockies and western Canada, often living for long periods of time among the various Indian tribes.

Due to his malnutrition and alcoholism, his paintings done during the latter part of his life were not of good quality. Like his friend Jules Tavernier, he made considerable money as an artist but did not manage his money well. He died penniless at the Alameda County (CA) Infirmary in April 1899 and was buried at public expense.

ASSOCIATIONS
San Francisco Art Association (cofounder)
Bohemian Club

EXHIBITIONS
California State Fair, 1881-83
Mechanics' Institute (SF), 1868, 1880, 1886

COLLECTIONS
Bohemian Club
Oakland Museum
Society of California Pioneers
Orange County Museum
California Historical Society
Nevada Museum (Reno)
Bancroft Library (UC Berkeley)
Crocker Museum (Sacramento)
Oregon Historical Society

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California State Library (Sacramento); Artists of the American West (Samuels); American Western Art (Harmsen); The West as Art; History & Ideals of American Art (Neuhaus); California Landscape Painting 1860-1885; SF Call, 4-16-1899 (obituary).
Styles / Movements California School
Incollect Reference Number 398506
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