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Cropsey, Jasper Francis
Collection: American Collection
Specialty: Paintings
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A native of New York, Jasper Cropsey began his artistic career as an
architect, but when his employer arranged for him to take watercolor
lessons in order to paint architectural renderings, Cropsey discovered his
vocation for painting. He soon moved to oils and found a mentor in genre
painter William Sidney Mount who encouraged him to follow his artistic
inclinations. Nonetheless, Cropsey opened an architectural office in New
York in 1843, but also exhibited his first painting at the National
Academy of Design the same year.

By 1845 he had stopped working as an architect and turned to a full-time
career in landscape painting, quickly joining the group of artists that
became known as the Hudson River School. He celebrated his marriage in
1847 with a two-year honeymoon through Europe, spent largely in Rome.
After a few years back in the United States, he and his wife moved to
England in the mid 1850s, during which time he joined influential art
critic John Ruskin's inner circle. Returning to America in 1863, he
continued painting majestic landscapes, but also resumed a career in
architecture, designing, among other things, fourteen stations for a New
York elevated railway. Despite the limitations forced on him by a severe
stroke in 1893, he continued to paint watercolors of the Hudson Valley
until his death in 1900.

Everl Adair, Director of Research and Rare Collections