Jasper Francis Cropsey was a Hudson River School painter whose works were rediscovered by collectors and galleries during the 1960s. His poor health as a young boy afforded him periods of absence from school, during which he taught himself to draw. Later, he trained as an architect while learning to paint in watercolor and oil. He met Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Frederic Edwin Church and George Inness on sketching excursions along the Eastern Seaboard, and toured to Europe in 1847. His art reflects a conception of nature as an emanation of the divine, and a patriotic affiliation with the unspoiled qualities of the American landscape. Situated in Northeast Pennsylvania near Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, the Wyoming Valley was the birthplace of Milton Courtright, who commissioned this painting. It was also the site of a Revolutionary War battle-or rather, massacre-which left more than three hundred patriots dead. The painting's original frame includes a plaque inscribed with an except from the poem Gertrude of Wyoming, by Thomas Campbell, which tells of Gertrude's death in the attack. The image of the placid valley, showing no sign of its violent history, would have reassured contemporary audiences that time would ease the more recent traumas of the US Civil War.
- Brand: Renfield's
- ASIN: B07DHV27BS