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Sanford R. Gifford (American, 1823––1880)
The View from Eagle Rock, New Jersey, 1862
Oil on canvas,
10 x 20 inches
Courtesy of the Amon Carter Museum, Forth Worth, Texas

Sanford Gifford’s
paintings are statements of light and atmosphere. Influenced by Thomas Cole and closely allied with artists of the Hudson River School, he is considered a highly original nineteenth-century landscape painter.

View from Eagle Rock was likely painted for Llewellyn Solomon Haskell (1815–1872), a pharmaceutical magnate whose home was atop Eagle Rock overlooking a panoramic view that became Llewellyn Park in West Orange, N.J. In Gifford’s day, this view was regarded as among the most scenic in the country.

The whereabouts of only about half of Gifford’s 739 documented works are known. This painting was last recorded in 1880 and has been in obscurity until now. It was recently acquired and is currently on view in conjunction with a major retrospective of Gifford’s work at the Amon Carter Museum through May 16.

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