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Mon, Jul 31, 2023 02:00AM EDT - Fri, Aug 4, 2023 03:00PM EDT
Lot 53

Alexander Robertson (1772-1841) Oil Painting

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

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For your consideration is an original, framed oil painting done by Alexander Robertson (1772-1841) in 1790. Alexander Robertson, a Scottish miniaturist and landscape painter who also taught painting, emigrated to New York City in the early 1790s after completing his studies in London. He co-founded the Columbian Academy of Painting with his brother, Archibald Robertson (1765–1835), and taught drawing classes for some of "New York's polite young ladies." The Academy was one of the first art schools in America and was founded at the initiative of wealthy New Yorkers who wanted their children to receive an education in the arts. Alexander was very active in the American Academy of Art which he joined in 1817, and served as secretary from 1817 to 1825. He also taught drawing in watercolor and pen and ink. In 1841, Robertson passed away in New York City. The painting shows a nature scene with a small bridge over a river that leads into a lake. In the background are towering, snow capped mountains, while the foreground shows trees and foliage throughout the rolling hills surrounding the river and bridge. The painting shows amazing attention to detail and beautiful contrast between the colors. The painting is set in a large gold painted frame. The frame shows some wear from use, showing scratches and chipped paint in some areas. The painting shows good condition despite its antique age. The visible art measures 19 5/8" L x 29 1/2" W, while the entire piece measures 24 1/2" L x 34 1/4" W.*

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