Nelson Augustus Moore
View from the Coast, 1880.
Signed and dated lower right. Oil on canvas. 13″ x 20″.
Surface with minor craquelure. Minute trace points of in-paint. Overall bright and fresh.
Born to an industrious Connecticut family, Nelson Augustus Moore first established himself in the 1850s as Hartford’s leading daguerreotypist. His success in “making pictures,” enabled him to return to first passion, painting. After selling his business, Moore divided his time between painting in his beloved hometown of Kensington, Connecticut in fall and winter and along the shores of Lake George in summer. He enjoyed traveling, and took excursions up the New England coast and as far west as Minnesota. Painted in 1880, View from the Coast was likely painted near Gloucester, Massachusetts.
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