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Edmund C. Coates (American, b. England, 1816-1871), Panoramic Landscape View, 1853, oil on canvas, signed, dated

Edmund C. Coates (American, b. England, 1816-1871), Panoramic Landscape View, 1853, oil on canvas, signed, dated

Item Description:

Signed and dated lower right in black paint "E.C. Coates, 1853", framed


Craquelure throughout (stable). Varnish is uneven, may have been cleaned unevenly by a previous owner. White strip along top edge of canvas extending under the frame. Light pressure marks from stretcher frame.The frame with losses and minor cracks. Please contact for specific condition questions. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


Sight: Height 24 in. x Width 32 in.

Frame depth: approximately 2 /12 in.

About The Artist:

The term "Hudson River School" was coined around 1879, possibly by the art critic Clarence Cooke, referring to a loosely organized movement and group of landscapists, active mainly between 1825-1870, who became known for painting romanticized depictions of the American wilderness. Core members of the group included artists Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Frederic Edwin Church, Jasper Francis Cropsey, George Inness, Sanford Gifford, Albert Bierstadt, Worthington Whittredge, Thomas Moran, and Charles Herbert Moore, members of the National Academy of Design who lived and painted in the Hudson River Valley.

Eventually, the term expanded and came to encompass nearly all 19th century American landscape painters who worked in the East, including Edmund C. Coates. These painters were based in New York City but painted in numerous locations, though it was their works that featured the landscape of the Catskill region north of the city that gave them their name.

Hudson River School painters favored a highly illusionistic style of carefully rendered, crisply defined forms. They studied both nature and previous art to achieve precise effects of light and atmosphere, and they excelled at rendering rocks, trees, skies and bodies of water.

Though Coates had spent most of his career in New York City, his subjects ranged from Hudson River Valley landscapes to imaginative scenes of Italian ruins. This scene is a panoramic, or wide view, of a bustling port as seen from a high vantage point. Coates romanticized this landscape, as the beautifully rendered clouds move over the mountains and the light settles on the sea as if conspiring together to perfectly frame the view of the port. Coates' attention to depicting the effects of light and atmosphere is a hallmark of the Hudson River School painters.>/p>

Pastoral scenes, or those which either romanticize or idealize rural life were made popular by nineteenth century urban patrons who were nostalgic for country life. Coates' fine brushwork, typical of the Hudson River School, captures each detail of the bales of hay in the foreground as well as the distant ships at sea.

Work by Edmund C. Coates is held in many major American collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Yale Art Museum.


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Edmund C. Coates (American, b. England, 1816-1871), Panoramic Landscape View, 1853, oil on canvas, signed, dated

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