Hudson River School Painting
oil on canvas
11.75 x 19.5 in. (sight)
The identity of the artist in question is a mystery. It is likely one of the following artists: John Walter Bell (Ohio, 1845-1895), or James Wethered Bell (Ohio/New York, 19th century). What little biographical information is available on the two painters is eerily similar, and they may have been confused for one and the same.
John Walter Bell is listed in Haverstock (Artists in Ohio: 1787-1900) and was born in Ohio but traveled early in his career to St. Louis and New York City. Most of his studio work was done in Cleveland and the surrounding area, where he was a noted landscape painter, sharing a studio with Archibald Willard.
James Wethered Bell is only identified in signatures with his first initials, and very little is known about the him, with the exception that sketches survive in Winterthur. He also is noted as working in Cincinnati, Ohio and New York. Both are described (lacking a source) as having spent time studying in St. Louis.<
Provenance: Property from the Estate of the Reverend Dr. Compton Allyn, Cincinnati, OH
Never lined, canvas shows considerable age. Original frame. In the upper left corner a flake is beginning to lift from canvas.