Landscape with Beech Tree
Oil on pre-primed canvas, with 4-member stretcher (mortise and tenon miter front, butt reverse)
Overall: 15 1/4 x 21 1/4 in. ( 38.7 x 54 cm )
Canvas stencil: PREPARED / BY / THEO. KELLEY / 'R'EAR 351/2 WOOSTER S[T] / NEW YORK. Theodore Kelley, artists' materials, was listed in the New York City directories at 35 1/2 Wooster Street from 1844 to 1853. On stretcher, in pencil: LANDSCAPE.
This study was used for composing Landscape Composition: The Beeches of 1845, owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Gift of Nora Durand Woodman
The artist and his family.
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