Two (2) Thomas Campbell (Tennessee, 1834-1914) oil on board East TN landscapes. 1st item: Oil on board landscape painting depicting a stream with tree foreground, fenceline mid-ground and homestead with mountainous backdrop. Signed "T. Campbell" lower right. Housed in a contemporary gilt wood frame. Sight – 6 3/4" H x 9 3/4" W. Framed – 11 1/2" H x 14 1/2" W. 2nd item: Oil on board panoramic East Tennessee landscape, unsigned but attributed to Thomas Campbell, with sheep and stream foreground, farm with outbuildings and stands of trees background. Housed in a contemporary gilt wood frame. Sight – 7 5/8" H x 16 1/2" W. Framed – 10 1/8" H x 18 3/4" W. Provenance: Descended through the Knoxville, TN family of James D. Hoskins, a longtime patron of the artist who was instrumental in bringing Campbell to Tennessee. Biography: Painting was a second career for Thomas Campbell, who immigrated to the United States at age 19, and was ordained as a minister in 1866. He and his family moved to East Tennessee in hopes a climate change would improve the health of his wife, Susan, but she died in 1892. At that point, Campbell, retired from the ministry and turned to art, which had been his hobby, into his job. He founded the art department at Maryville College in 1902 and headed it until his death. His paintings were exhibited regionally and won several prizes and medals. He was also active in the Nicholson Art League, and was a talented wood carver who produced picture frames and small pieces of furniture. Campbell mostly painted pastoral landscapes. CONDITION: 1st item: Overall very good condition, very slight craquelure. 2nd item: Minor grime, overall slight craquelure. Minute areas of paint flaking to stand of trees far left and center stand of trees, and lower right corner.
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