Item/Auction Attributes

watercolor and gouache on paper, laid on board,
Circa 1870.
Excellent overall condition, left edge with 1/8" push that is 3" long, tiny push at top edge also.
10 3/4" x 18 1/4" sheet, 12 1/2" x 18 3/4" board.
Provenance: From a Paramus, New Jersey estate collection. John Nighland Art Gallery, Montclair, NJ (retains gallery label).
Catalogue Note: The present lot is a newly discovered work by Harry Fenn. It is from a large number of illustrations he produced for the ground-breaking two-volume tome, PICTURESQUE AMERICA, published by D. Appleton and Co. from 1872 to 1874. Fenn is recognized as the most prominent, popular landscape illustrator in the United States during the fourth quarter of the 19th century. In addition to books, he illustrated extensively for the major periodicals of the day including Harper's Monthly and Weekly, Scribner's, and Century Magazine. Fenn lived most of his life in Montclair, New Jersey which is also the location of the Art Gallery who sold this illustration.
Literature: See West ed. - A History of Tennessee Arts, p. 85, "Gunboats at Fort Donaldson" by Harry Fenn, in the collection of the Tennessee State Museum.