Attributed to Quaker artist Marcus Mote (Ohio/Indiana, 1817-1898), oil on canvas painting depicting a river winding through a landscape with deciduous and evergreen trees, with hills and small mountain in the background and a partly cloudy sky overhead. Unsigned. Housed in a later molded giltwood frame. Sight – 18" H x 25 1/2" W. Framed – 20" H x 28" W. Biography: Marcus Mote was born in Miami County, Ohio, the son of a Quaker farmer and cabinetmaker. He was raised in a strict Quaker household where art was not encouraged. In spite of this, he chose art as his career, eventually becoming a self-taught painter of miniature portraits, landscapes, panoramas, biblical scenes, and ornamental works. He was also a pen artist, engraver, daguerreotypist. In 1864 he moved his family to Richmond, Indiana, where he opened a School of Design, teaching drawing and painting and advocating for these subjects to be taught in public schools. (Source: the Indiana Historical Society). See other work by Marcus Mote from same consignor also in this auction. Provenance: by descent from Louise Whisenhunt, former director of the Art Association of Richmond, Indiana. CONDITION: 2 very small C shaped tears upper and lower left quadrants, midsection; small area of exfoliation lower right corner. Canvas with vertical rubbing to stretchers. A couple of other scattered pinpoint sized flakes; scattered light craquelure; grime throughout.
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