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Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823–1900)
Signed and dated lower right:  J. F. Cropsey 1867
Oil on canvas, 20 x 32 inches
Private collection

InAugust 1849, Jasper F. Cropsey set out from New York City on a two-week sketching excursion to the White Mountains.  Traversing Sebago Lake, about fifty miles from Mount Washington, Cropsey made two studies inscribed “Lake Sebago.”  Later, in 1867, he used one of these studies, a distant view of Mount Washington, as the source for at least five canvases.  The foregrounds, which differ in each of Cropsey’s three large paintings of the mountain, were products of the artist’s imagination.  Working in his New York City studio, Cropsey turned his sketches into an autumnal view with the distant peak of Mount Washington covered by snow.

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