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Henry W. Kemper 1881 Romantic Landscape

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Henry Kemper (American; 1833 – 1894)
Untitled, 1881
Oil on canvas
Signed “H.W. Kemper” to lower right
Dated to lower right

An oil painting on canvas by native Ohio artist Henry Kemper (1833 – 1894. The work depicts an expansive landscape with lake, mountains, a hunter and figures at leisure in the Hudson River manner. It is signed and dated to the lower corner. The painting is presented in later gold tone wood frame.

This example is reminiscent of other fine, extant works attributed to Echo Lake, White Mountains, New Hampshire. Kemper executed a number of different views of this area throughout his career, and was even known to duplicate more popular subjects. Kemper made a number of sketching trips through Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and New York.

Kemper found himself among several notable Cincinnati artists who worked in the Hudson River School, among them William Louis Sonntag (American, 1822-1900) and Robert Scott Duncanson (American, 1821-1872), the famed African American artist. He is listed as active in Hamilton County from 1850-1895 (Haverstock, pg. 482) and associated with several Cincinnati artists throughout his career, including study under James Henry Beard (American, 1811-1893).

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- areas of inpainting scattered throughout composition; painting has been relined with wax; craquelure throughout painting; some wear in frame includes small chips, stains, scratches, and finish loss scattered throughout.


54.25" W x 38.25" H x 3.0" D

- measures frame; sight measure 45" W and 29" H.

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