Lucien Whiting Powell (District of Columbia/Virginia, 1846-1930) oil on canvas landscape painting titled "Yellow Stone Park" depicting a central waterfall, likely the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, cascading down into a river situated in a canyon with evergreens and autumn foliage, under a late afternoon sky. Signed and titled lower left. Housed in a gilt wood frame with scrolling molded edge and lamb's tongue running pattern. Sight – 22 3/4" H x 36 1/2" W. Framed – 31 1/4" H x 45" W. American, late 19th/early 20th century. Biography: Lucien Powell was born at "Levinworth Manor," near Upperville, Virginia. He served with the Confederate Army from 1863-65, after which he studied with Thomas Moran at the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts. He was also heavily influenced by J.M.W. Turner. Powell traveled extensively in Europe and studied with Fitz at the London School of Art, circa 1876. Powell lived in Washington, D.C., 1885-1930 and was also patronized by Senator and Mrs. John B. Henderson, who established a studio for him in their Washington mansion, known as the "Castle". In 1901, Powell accompanied a group conducting a geological survey of the Grand Canyon. The expedition was among the factors prompting President Theodore Roosevelt to visit the Canyon personally in 1903 and proclaim it as a National Monument in 1908. (Roosevelt also became one of Powell's best known admirers and patrons). J. Edgar Hoover was also an ardent collector and owned more than a dozen of Powell's works. (For additional reading, see: Andrew J. Cosentino and Henry H. Glassie The Capital Image: Painters in Washington, 1800-1915, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Museum of American Art, 1983.) CONDITION: Overall good condition with craquelure. Areas of inpainting along lower margin, primarily to the center right, one small area lower left. Pinprick areas of paint losses/exfoliation of paint along the lower right margin of the painting. 3" x 1 3/4" area of repaired damage lower right of frame.
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