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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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Inscribed: 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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

"The Coast and the Sea," Portland Museum of Art, ME, January 1, 2015–April 26, 2015; Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, May 10, 2015–September 13, 2015; New York State Museum, Albany, NY, October 24, 2015–February 22, 2016.