Mt. Jefferson, Pinkham Notch, White Mountains (Primary Title)

Jasper Francis Cropsey, American, 1823 - 1900 (Artist)

oil on canvas
United States
Unframed: 31 1/2 × 49 1/2 in. (80.01 × 125.73 cm)
Framed: 43 1/8 × 60 3/4 in. (109.54 × 154.31 cm)

This canvas testifies to Cropsey’s well-earned renown as America’s painter of autumn. He belonged to the core group of artists that became known as the Hudson River School— a loosely associated group of like-minded painters who took as their chief subject the regional forests and mountains of the northern United States.

Mount Jefferson celebrates the vastness of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. By the time painters flocked to the region, tourism and technology already were altering the landscape. Cropsey hints at this transition through the axe-carrying figure who passes a tidy stacks of new lumber. The nearby sawmill denotes an American paradox: with the advance of civilization comes destruction of primeval wilderness.

signed and dated, lower left: "J. F. Cropsey 1857"
inscribed on rear of stretcher, "Mt. Jefferson, Pinkham Notch, White Mountains, by J. F. Cropsey, London, February 1857"
J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund for American Art
No. 483, pp. 258-261, Catalogue Raisonné Volume One: 1842-1863
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