George Henry Smillie (New York/California, 1840-1921) oil on canvas Hudson River style pastoral landscape painting depicting a figure in red on a hill with a group of sheep, foreground, a field and a tree line, middle ground, with a river, a village, and mountains, background. Signed and dated "Geo. H. Smillie – '70", lower left. Housed in a gilt wooden frame. Sight – 5 3/4" H x 9 1/2" W. Framed – 8 3/4" H x 12 5/8" W. Late 19th century. Provenance: Private Knoxville, TN collection. George Smillie was known for his traditional landscapes in the Hudson River style. He studied with James McDougal Hart and exhibited at the National Academy of Design from 1862-1900, becoming a member in 1882 and secretary in 1892. Late in his career, he adopted a more Impressionistic style. (Source: Peter Falk, Who was Who in American Art). CONDITION: Overall good condition. Areas of craquelure, primarily lower left of canvas. Areas of darkened, discolored varnish, surface of canvas. 1"H x 2"W area of inpainting evident to bottom half of trees, left side of canvas (see blacklight photo).
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