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Edward Nichols (1819-1871)

Edward Nichols (1819-1871)

View of Lake Waramaug

Signed, inscribed on verso, c. 1855
Oil on canvas
Condition: (see full condition report)
Source: Spanierman Gallery, New York City, New York, 1994

Edward W. Nichols, born in Orford, New Hampshire, studied the law and taught sacred music before dedicating his energy to landscape painting in 1851. He trained at the National Academy in New York and was a founding member of the Tenth Street Studio building, the headquarters of the Hudson River School artists. Nearly one hundred of his paintings were exhibited in juried shows in New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia.
His paintings were acquired by prominent collectors, including Llewellyn Haskell who commissioned Nichols to create promotional illustrations of the utopian community he developed in New Jersey before the Civil War.
Lake Waramaug, located in northwest Connecticut, was a popular destination for New Yorkers after the rail lines made travel into the Litchfield Hills easier in the mid-19th century.
Illustrated in Ann Y. Smith, Edward W. Nichols and the Image of an Ideal America, Fine Art Connoisseur, Streamline Publishing, Inc., West Palm Beach, Florida, pg. 32, fig. 5.

Dimensions: 12” x 18½”

Item ID: WoA-AMP-OC 553

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