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The Silverstein Collection

November 5, 2007 – November 6, 2007

Lot #589
Temp #14181
Sold For $10,000.00   (hammer price)
 $11,500.00   (price including buyer's premium)
Last Updated November 7, 2007


Scottish-American, 1818-1892

Possibly a View of West Rutland Vermont, circa 1860. Exhibition label on reverse for The Christian A. Johnson Memorial Gallery, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont: Folk Art from Vermont Collections, 24 June to 1 October, 1978.
James Hope was born in Drygrange, Roxboroughshire, Scotland in 1818. When his mother died, his father brought him to Canada, but then died of cholera in 1831. It is said that James Hope then walked from Canada to Fairhaven, Vermont to begin a five-year apprenticeship to a wagon-maker. He saved enough to attend Castleton Seminary. Confinement following an ankle injury provided him the opportunity to begin portraiture, and he was successful enough to make a profession of it in 1843. He traveled to Montreal to paint portraits, but resided in Castleton, teaching painting and drawing at the Seminary. He began landscape painting in his spare time, inspired and encouraged by a friendship with Frederick Church. Hope took a studio in New York, spending his winters there. His work was accepted by the National Academy of Design, and he exhibited there and at the Brooklyn Art Association, as well as shows in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Buffalo, and Cincinnati. Hope served in the Union Army in the Civil War and participated in eleven battles, sketching many battle scenes which later served as the basis for large paintings he exhibited. He spent the last twenty years of his life in Watkins Glen, New York as artist laureate of the area's nature, and was one of the many artists who painted in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Purchased from The Lapham and Dibble Gallery, Inc., Shoreham, VT
Accompanied by a 1982 appraisal.
Exhibited: The Johnson Art Gallery, Middlebury College, 1978.
Oil on canvas, 26 x 36. Framed.


Not relined. Black light reveals no obvious retouch. Very minor crazing.

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