THE UNIQUE COLLECTION OF 62 HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL PAINTINGS IS IN PROGRESS
SOLD ONLINE AT ABSOLUTE & REAL ESTATE AUCTION; SALE ENDS FEBRUARY 16
The curated auction is from the personal collection of Robert and Susan Doyle of Fishkill, NY
The 62 paintings are original works; almost all have been professionally cleaned and preserved.
PLEASANT VALLEY, NY – An Online Auction Entirely Dedicated to One Owner
collection of paintings by renowned artists from the famous Hudson River School – 62 works in all
– is now held online, by Absolute Auction & Immobilier. The auction will end on Wednesday,
February 16. People can register and bid now on the AAR website: www.AARauctions.com.
The curated auction is from the personal collection of Robert and Susan Doyle of Fishkill, NY,
devoted collectors of the first American school of art later known as the Hudson
River School in upstate New York. All paintings are original works and almost all have been
professionally cleaned and preserved. Each painting would be a worthy addition to a collection.
The Hudson River School was made up of mid-19th century “nature painters” who found spirituality
in nature. These adventurous artists walked to see impressive views. They designed and made
field studies to bring them back to their studios and create finished paintings. In doing so, these
artists celebrated and depicted the pristine magnificence of the American landscape of the time.
The Hudson River served was the main travel route to the best locations; he also provided the best
matter. New York City, with the National Academy of Design, was at the center of the
The American Art World in the Nineteenth Century. From now on, seasoned collectors as well as novices of the genre,
can experience the beauty, tranquility and grandeur of nature from the palettes of these artists.
Lot 1, by Thomas Benjamin Pope (1834-1891), is an oil on canvas titled View from West Point
and is a classic depiction of the Hudson River School, of a couple of cadets looking north towards Pollepel
Island and the northern gateway to the Highlands. The view has Storm King Mountain on the left and
Casse-Cou mountain on the right. The work measures 12 inches by 22 inches (at sight, minus the frame).
Lot 3 is an oil on canvas painting by Fred Pansing (NY/Germany, 1844-1912), depicting the Hudson River
Schooners sailing the widest part of the Hudson River at the “Tappan Sea”. The painting,
made circa 1880, measures 9 ¼ inches by 16 ¼ inches (view minus frame). Pansing was born in Germany
and immigrated to New York in 1865, where he honed his craft as a sailboat painter.
Lot 5 is an oil on canvas, signed and dated 1859 by Edmund C. Coates (1816-1871). the work,
titled American Harvesting, was originally painted by Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900) in
1851. Other artists of the Hudson River School also depicted this view, with slight variations. by Coates
rendition measures 20 inches by 25 inches (view, minus frame). He was also a portrait painter.
Lot 7 is an oil on canvas painting by David Maitland Armstrong (1836-1918), considered by the Doyles to be
being a view of Moodna Creek (Murderer’s Creek), looking east to Pollepel Island with the
Fishkill Mountains (Highlands) beyond. The painting measures 19 ½ inches by 23 inches (view, minus the frame)
comes with a copy of Armstrong’s book, Day Before Yesterday, Reminiscences of a Varied Life.
Lot 10 is an oil on canvas by William Rickarby Miller (1818-1893), titled View of New York City
of Weehawken, NJ. It measures 21 inches by 35 ½ inches and is signed and dated 1860 on the bottom
to the left. Miller was a prolific painter, producing hundreds of watercolors, oils, and pen and ink
sketch. His work can be seen in the collection of the prestigious New York Historical Society.
Lot 12 is an oil on canvas autumn view attributed to Edward Nichols (1819-1872), titled Salt
Grass harvest. The artwork depicts a hay wagon at “Southgate” of the Hudson River, with
Anthony’s Nose Mountain on the left and Dunderberg Mountain on the right (current location of
crossing the Bear Mountain Bridge). Overall, framed, the painting measures 31 inches by 45 inches.
Lot 26 is an oil on canvas by General George Pope Morris (1802-1864), titled Undercliff (where
Morris lived in Cold Spring, NY). The painting measures 18 inches by 24 inches (view, minus frame).
Lot 59 is a signed and dated oil on canvas (1873) depicting a mother and her child picking berries
in the Highlands, by R. Wentworth. Little is known about Mr. Wentworth – not even his first name.
Lot 36 is a large landscape view with a river in the distance by George Lafayette Clough (1824-
1901). The painting, housed in a 37 ½ inch by 28 ½ inch frame, is signed “GL Clough” at the bottom
to the left. Clough studied in France, Holland, Italy and Germany, but settled in New York, where his
favorite spots included the Adirondacks and the beautiful wooded areas of upstate New York.
Lot 45 is an oil on canvas View of Sunset Navigating the River by Edmund Darch Lewis (1835-
1910), impressive at 32 inches by 49 ½ inches (overall, including frame). Lewis was born in
Philadelphia and its magnificent views of Pennsylvania, New York and New England were eagerly
collected by art patrons of Philadelphia. By the early 1880s he had amassed a substantial fortune.
Lot 60 is an oil on canvas View of Sugarloaf Mountain on the Hudson River with sailboat from
Norton Bush (1834-1894), artist signed and dated 1874. The work measures 13 inches by 24
inches (view, minus frame). Through many of his paintings, Bush’s aim was to inspire the viewer
with the overwhelming aspects of nature and the diminished relative position of human beings.
Previews are available online 24 hours a day, or in person by appointment only (and only for
registered bidders), Feb. 2-16 in Fishkill, NY To schedule an in-person preview, you can
call Absolute Auction & Real Estate at (800) 243-0061 or (845) 635-3169; or, you can email
at [email protected] A 15% Buyer’s Premium will be applied to all purchases.
For more information on Absolute Auction & Real Estate and Online Auction only dedicated to the
personal collection of Hudson River School paintings by Robert and Susan Doyle, online now
and ending Wednesday, February 16, visit www.AARauctions.com. Updates are released often.