John W. Casilear (1811-1893)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 30 x 24 1/2 in. ( 76.2 x 62.2 cm )
stencil on stretcher: '369'; stencil on canvas reverse: 'PREPARED BY / ROBERTSON / 51 LONG ACRE LONDON,' and 'R&M' and in a block format "Y748 6"
Born in New York, John William Casilear was the son of John and Rebecca (Stevens) Casilear. He began his career as an apprentice to the engraver Peter Maverick and later studied with Asher B. Durand. Casilear and Durand became close friends, and in 1840, about the time the portrait was painted, they traveled together to Europe with two other landscape painters, John F. Kensett and Thomas Rossiter, to study the work of the old masters.
Catalogue of the Gallery of Art of The New York Historical Society, New York: Printed for the Society, 1915, p. 42. Sherman, Frederic Fairchild, Early American Portraiture, New York: Privately Printed, 1930, pp. 38-41. Flexner, James Thomas, That Wilder Image: The Painting of America's Native School from Thomas Cole to Winslow Homer, Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1962, pp. 64-5. Lawall, David B., Asher Brown Durand: His Art and Art Theory in Relation to his Times, Submitted to Princeton University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, March 1966, pp. 85, 143-7, 610-6, Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, pp. 134-5. Ferber, Linda S., ed., Kindred Spirits Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape, Brooklyn Museum, 2007, p. 88.
Gift of Mrs. Lucy M. Durand Woodman
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