Offered by: Solomon Treasure
1050 Second Ave New York City, NY 10022 , United States Call Seller 917.686.9732


Robert Swain Gifford (American, 1840-1905) "The Rock of Gibraltar" Oil on Canvas

$ 125,000
  • Description
    Robert Swain Gifford (American, 1840–1905)

    "The Rock of Gibraltar" (View from the Spanish Shore), 1872

    A rare and important oil on canvas painting, most definitely the artist's best work.

    Canvas 41" high x 72" wide
    Frame: 61" high x 90" wide

    Signed and dated lower left: RSwainGifford / NY. 1872
    inscribed and dated on verso: THE ROCK OF / “GIBRALTAR.” / BY / RSwain Gifford / N.Y. 1872. / (view from the / Spanish Shore)

    Very good condition. Ready to hang.

    More photos available upon request.

    Questroyal Fine Art, New York

    Robert Swain Gifford (December 23, 1840 – January 15, 1905) was an American landscape painter. He was influenced by the Barbizon school. Gifford was born on Nonamesset Island, in the Elizabeth Islands, When he was 2 he moved with his family to the New Bedford area, and he attended public schools in New Bedford. When Gifford was a teen, the Dutch painter Albertus Van Beest arrived in New Bedford, and the two collaborated on ship paintings.

    Gifford opened a studio in Boston in 1864. Two years later he moved to New York City. In 1867 he was named an Associate of the National Academy of Design and in 1878 he became a full member. He travelled and painted in Oregon and California, then left for Europe, where he visited Great Britain, France, Italy and Spain. Before returning to the U.S. he travelled to Morocco and Egypt. He was joined by fellow artists such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, and painted some subjects from those regions. Much of his work focuses on the landscapes of New England. He, along with Victorian contemporaries from the White Mountain and Hudson River Schools, helped immortalize the majestic cliffs of Grand Manan in the Bay of Fundy. His painting from the island, Pettes Cove, is illustrative of his masterful marine work. In 1867, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member and became a full member in 1878.

    In 1876 he was a medal winner at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition and at the International Exposition in Paris in 1889. In 1899, he was an artist on the famous Harriman Alaska Expedition. Gifford died at his home in New York City in 1905.

    Some of his works hang in the most prominent galleries in the USA, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC. He was a member of the Society of American Artists.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: France
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: paint
    Condition: Good.
    Styles / Movements: Asian Art
    Incollect Reference #: 563202
  • Dimensions
    W. 61 in; H. 90 in; D. 6 in;
    W. 154.94 cm; H. 228.6 cm; D. 15.24 cm;
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For four generations, Solomon Treasure has obtained a reputation for dealing in rare and important 18th – 19th century antiques and fine art.

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