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Lot 81
Henry Inman
American, 1801-1846
Rydal Water
Inscribed on the reverse: Painted by H. Inman, 1844/for C. M. Leupp, Esq., N. York/View of Rydal Water
Oil on canvas
20 x 24 inches

Provenance:
Charles M. Leupp, New York
Samuel P. Avery, New York (possibly)
W. H. Ingersoll, New York
New York, Brooklyn Museum, acquired 1901
Bernard and Dean Levy, New York

Exhibited:
New York, National Academy of Design, 1845, no. 161 [lent by C. M. Leupp]
New York, American Art Union, Catalogue of Works by the Late Henry Inman; with a Biographical Sketch. Exhibition, for the benefit of his Widow and Family, at the Art-Union Rooms, no. 23
Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Institute, June, 1897 [lent by W. H. Ingersoll]
Washington, DC, National Collection of Fine Arts, Academy: The Academic Tradition in American Art, 1975, no. 88
Washington, DC, The National Portrait Gallery, The Works of Henry Inman, Apr. 3 - Aug. 2, 1987, no. 71

Literature:
American Art-Union, Catalogue of Works by the Late Henry Inman; with a Biographical Sketch. Exhibition, for the benefit of his Widow and Family, at the Art-Union Rooms, no. 23
New-York Historical Society, National Academy of Design Exhibition Record, 1826-1860, 1940, vol. I, no. 161, p. 260
Lois Marie Fink and Joshua C. Taylor, Academy: The Academic Tradition in American Art, National Collection of Fine Arts, 1975, no. 88, p. 195, illus.
William H. Gerdts, The Works of Henry Inman, The National Portrait Gallery, Apr. 3 -Aug. 2, 1987, Washington, DC, no. 71, pp. 53, 56, illus. p. 25

The present work was inspired by a visit to Rydal Mount, the home of William Wordsworth. While visiting, Inman painted a portrait of the poet that both Wordsworth and his wife admired greatly. In response to a request from his New York patron, Charles Leupp, he painted a landscape, Rydal Water. The exhibition catalogue for the 1846 Inman memorial exhibition mentions a letter he wrote to his patron, Luman Reed, describing the genesis of the subject: Mr. Wordsworth pointed out the view and went with me when I made the sketch. It also included some verses by Wordsworth to enhance the mood of Inman's quiet scene:

Her only Pilot the soft breeze, the boat
Lingers; but Fancy is well satisfied:
With keen eyed Hope, with Memory at her side,
All that to each is precious, as we float
Gently along; regardless who shall chide
If the Heavens smile and leave us free to glide.
Happy associates! Breathing air remote
From trivial cares. But, Fancy and the Muse,
Why have I crowded this small bark with you
And other of your kind. Ideal crew!
While here sits one whose brightness owes its hues
To flesh and blood; no goddess from above,
No fleeting spirit, but my own true love.



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Lined with a clear material so that the inscriptions can be read. Inpaint along the edges. Flattened craquelure in sky but little to no inpaint; inpainted cracks throughout the hill and landscape. Some restoration to the figures. Some of the foliage in the tree at right appears to be reinforced.

Frame: 28 1/2 x 32 1/3 inches


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