Lucien Whiting Powell (American/Virginia, 1846-1930) oil on canvas atmospheric landscape, likely Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon or the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, with waterfalls visible at right. Signed lower left "Lucien W. Powell". Giltwood frame with fluted cove molding and laurel molded edge. George Muth, Artist and Painters Supplies, Washington, DC label en verso. 23 1/2" x 25 1/2" sight, 32" x 44" framed. 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.) Provenance: Private Middle Tennessee collection. CONDITION: Few scattered small accretions and some light grime in sky area; overall good condition. Frame with some regilding.
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