Two (2) East TN Thomas Campbell Related Art Works. 1st item: Watercolor on paper, attributed to Thomas Campbell (Tennessee, 1834-1914), East Tennessee or Western North Carolina mountain landscape, signed lower right E. Quist. (Following Campbell's death his daughter Elizabeth Quist "finished" and signed many of his paintings). Housed in a gilt wood frame with light green silk matte. Sight – 6 3/4" H x 4 3/4" W. Framed -12 1/2" H x 10 1/8" W. 2nd item: Panoramic oil on canvas laid on board, mountain landscape with a homestead in the foreground, unsigned but attributed to Thomas Campbell. Housed in a contemporary gilt wood frame. Sight – 4 5/8" H x 9 3/4" W. Framed – 8 1/4" H x 13 1/4" W. Provenance: Descended through the Knoxville, TN family of James D. Hoskins who was instrumental in bringing Campbell to Tennessee and was a long time patron of the artist. 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: Very slight toning visible upper left, otherwise overall good condition. 2nd item: Light craquelure, minor rubbing to edges.
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