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"The Chandler Farm" Landscape Painting

1990.193 (RS1299)

Description

Landscape scene of Chandler Farm, Pomfret, Connecticut. White farmhouse is distance with scattered gray and red outbuildings. Cows in foreground, rolling green hills in distance. Wood, gesso, and gilt frame.

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Label
In 1839, James Jones Sawyer left Pomfret, Connecticut, to embark on a career as an artist in New York City. He consciously began "a sort of diary or journal of my life" in which he recorded his trip, visiting artists and studying their pictures and purchasing painting supplies, all suggesting his expectation of success as a portrait painter. In New York he found a patron in Henry C. Bowen, a dry goods merchant exactly his age who was also a Connecticut native. Although Sawyer exhibited at the National Academy of Design, his real success began after he returned to Connecticut, no doubt with the support of his patron Bowen. Here he enjoyed a prolific and varied career painting portraits of prominent citizens, copying ancestral portraits, and painting scenes from nature like this detailed painting of Chandler Farm in Pomfret, Connecticut.<br/> <br/> Chandler Farm is typical of the productive farms that dotted the New England landscape in the mid nineteenth century when ninety percent of the population was still engaged in some form of agriculture. It was then owned by John Chandler, the fourth generation of his family to work the hundred-acre plot of land. The main farmhouse and large barn are surrounded by numerous outbuildings. Well-maintained stone walls and fences separate specific areas, including the piggery and the tidy kitchen garden. The family cemetery can be seen down the hill behind the barn.
Maker
Sawyer, James J., 1813-1888 (Artist)
Date
1858
Inscriptions
"J. J. Sawyer 1858" (Red paint)
Location of origin
CT, USA
Material
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Places
Connecticut (United States)
Woodstock (Windham county, Connecticut)
Descriptive terms
canvas
landscapes (representations)
oil paint (paint)
Painting
paintings (visual works)
Dimensions
32 x 46 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1990.193
Credit Line
Gift of Mary B. Holt
GUSN
26310
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