View of the Hudson River Valley. Robert Havell Junior (1793-1878). Oil on paper, laid down on board. 11 x 18 inches, 17 1/4 x 24 1/8 inches framed.
Verso: pencil sketch of houses and an inscription by Harry Peck Havell in 1909 which reads: Robert Havell’s home, Havell’s Lane, Sing Sing, New York. Provenance: Purchased by Harry Peck Havell, Jan. 1909 and thence by descent.
Best known for his stunning treatment in the coloring of John James Audubon’s Birds of America. Audubon and Robert Havell, Jr. became not only successful professional collaborators, but also close personal friends. It was probably at Audubon’s suggestion that Havell and his family resettled in America in the fall of 1839. Havell soon fell in love with the beauties of his adopted country, particularly the picturesque Hudson Valley, as seen below. He began taking extensive sketching trips through the valley, into New England recording the landscapes that were being made famous by his American contemporaries, the Hudson River painters.