The Plain in lower right is the area where the parade grounds and the barracks are located. This is a subject not often pictured in American paintings.
In my forty years of painting collecting, I don't believe I have ever seen it before. The painting was executed from a higher ground above the river and the fort, most probably from Fort Montgomery. The signed date of 1861 explains when it was painted.It was probably a patriotic commission or an endeavor by the artist himself for his own pleasure and national proudness. The signature, bottom lower right, Edmund Darch Lewis, 1861, is boldly and distinctly executed. The artist obviously took great pride in the commission of this work. Note the condition: there are 2 mentionable restoration spots on the painting; one is a circular area of about 4-5 inches on the right side of the painting in the lower sky area; the other is a horizontal thin restoration of about. 3-4 inches none of these can be seen by the naked eye; they must be seen with a black light. I only mention this for accuracy. I feel it does not detract from the overall superior quality and subject of the painting. Keep in mind, the Mona Lisa has about 40% restoration and to take it a step further, who knows how much restoration is in the Cistine Chapel ceiling painting by Michelangelo. Frame is original, period frame that has been reguilded with metal leaf; it is in pristine condition.
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Edmund Darch Lewis 1861 Hudson River" is in sale since Monday, June 11, 2018. This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints". The seller is "bigftiques" and is located in Clifton, New Jersey. This item can be shipped to United States.