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A Sketch of Castle Garden
Date: 1851
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 10 1/2 x 16 3/8 in. ( 26.7 x 41.6 cm ) Framed: 16 1/4 × 22 1/4 × 4 in. (41.3 × 56.5 × 10.2 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Thomas Jefferson Bryan Fund
Object Number: 1977.76
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Marks: Signed lower right: J F Cropsey. Inscribed in ink on reverse in artist’s hand: A sketch of Castle Garden / for M[lle]? [illegible] / Jenny Lind / with the best wishes of the Artist / J. F. C.

Gallery Label:

Abraham Cozzens of the American-Art Union commissioned a copy in 1850, and this version was sold along wit the rest of his collection at the Clinton Hall, Art Galleries. The Society's version which is inscribed as a presentation study for Miss Lind, would suggest that it is the original version. The Society also has a moonlight study of Castle Garden by Cropsey, dated 1859, based on the same composition.

Bibliography:

Hall-Duncan. A Man for All Seasons Jasper Francis Cropsey. Greenwich, CT: The Bruce Museum, 1988.

Bland, Bartholomew F. and Laura L. Vookles. The Panoramic River: The Hudson and the Thames. Yonkers: Hudson River Museum, 2013.

Exhibitions:

The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT. "A Man for All Seasons Jasper Francis Cropsey," September 18 - December 4, 1988.

Museum of the Borough of Brooklyn. "Tides of Immigration: Romantic Visions and Urban Realities," September 16 - December 19, 1986.

New-York Historical Society. "Selections from the Collection of The New-York Historical Society," September 21, 1999 - November 15, 2000.

New-York Historical Society. "Jenny Lind: The Swedish Nightingale in America," August 29 - October 29, 2000.

New-York Historical Society. "In Focus: Portraits and Small Paintings from the Society's Collection," January 9, 2001 - March 24, 2002.

New-York Historical Society. "From Colony to Nation: 200 Years of American Painting at the New-York Historical Society," June 7 - September 8, 2013.

New-York Historical Society, traveling exhibition. "The Coast and the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America," 2014-2015.