A Sketch of Castle Garden, New York

Object Number: 
1977.76
Date: 
1851
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 1/2 x 16 3/8 in. ( 26.7 x 41.6 cm ) Framed: 16 1/4 × 22 1/4 × 4 in. (41.3 × 56.5 × 10.2 cm)
Marks: 
Signed lower right: J F Cropsey. Inscribed in ink on reverse in artist’s hand: A sketch of Castle Garden / for M[lle]? [illegible] / Jenny Lind / with the best wishes of the Artist / J. F. C.
Gallery Label: 
Abraham Cozzens of the American-Art Union commissioned a copy in 1850, and this version was sold along wit the rest of his collection at the Clinton Hall, Art Galleries. The Society's version which is inscribed as a presentation study for Miss Lind, would suggest that it is the original version. The Society also has a moonlight study of Castle Garden by Cropsey, dated 1859, based on the same composition.
Bibliography: 
Talbot, William Silas. Jasper F. Cropsey 1823-1900, A dissertation in the Department of Fine Arts submitted to the faculty of the Graduate School of Arts and Science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of New York University, June 1972, pp. 98-99, 312, 362-4. Antiques, 111, Apr-June, 1977, p. 997. Advertisement, Antiques, 112, Oct-Dec, 1977, p. 641. Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New York Historical Society, Vol. I, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, pp. 229, 232-3. Hall-Duncan, A Man for All Seasons Jasper Francis Cropsey, Greenwich, CT: The Bruce Museum, 1988, n.p. Bland, Bartholomew F. and Vookles, Laura L. The Panoramic River: The Hudson and the Thames. Yonkers: Hudson River Museum, 2013.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, Thomas Jefferson Bryan Fund
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group