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19th Century Oil Painting by Renowned Artist Hamilton Hamilton

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  • 19th Century Painting by the renowned American landscape and portrait painter Hamilton Hamilton (1847 Oxford, England – 1928 Norfolk, Connecticut) | Hamilton was famed for his impressionistic style paintings, being well listed and collected | Oil on canvas | Titled “Little Sunbeam” | Signed by the artist with his initials HH NA in lower right | Painting depicts two young ladies standing on the steps in a garden landscape, believed to be his two daughters who often modeled for his paintings | Painting is housed in a gilt gesso frame with plaque (see photos) | Dimensions: Sight: 24 x 29 1/4; In frame 33 x 37 | Condition Note: Painting has craquelure consistent with age, frame shows some damage top center, two minor touch-ups.

    Hamiliton’s paintings are owned and displayed by numerous important galleries and museums, and is very well collected by premium private collectors. Hamilton’s paintings sell very well at auction, with similar paintings as the present case selling for up to $60,000 (Keno Auctions, New York June 12, 2012). A similar Hamilton painting in size and composition sold on November 14, 2015 for $12,000  Hamilton’s paintings are now held in the collections of the National Academy of Design Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Lowe Art Museum, and many more.

    About the Artist:  The father of the noted post-impressionist painter Helen Hamilton, Hamilton Hamilton was one of the greatest painters of America’s Western frontier. Of Scottish descent and born in Oxford, England, Hamilton Hamilton became a renowned American landscape and portrait painter and illustrator. He traveled widely, which meant that his landscape subjects included France, England, the American West, and the states of New York and Connecticut where he was one of the founders of the Silvermine Art Guild in Norwalk.  Hamilton Hamilton emigrated with his family to Cowlesville, New York, a rural community near Buffalo, when he was a child, but he spent most of his life in Connecticut except for a few years around 1910 when he lived in Pasadena, California for his health.

    He was largely self-taught and pursued his artistic talents in spite of his parents’ lack of encouragement. However, in 1870, they financially supported his travels to Europe including France, where he studied in Paris. After two years, he was forced to return home to help support his family, which he did by opening a portrait studio in 1872. The next year he made a sketching trip West to Colorado and spent much of the summer and winter there, completing forty-seven paintings, some of them shocking to viewers who perceived an indiscriminate piling on of color, likely influenced by Impressionism. Hamilton Hamilton continued painting in New York State, but his Colorado paintings stood out as being unique and were chosen as entries at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

    In 1878-79, Hamilton Hamilton returned to France where he painted in the art community in Pont-Aven, Brittany with painters who identified with the Barbizon School and the revolutionary plein-air method of painting. In 1879, he returned to the West, painting more landscapes. In 1881, he moved to New York City, and he rented space at Sherwood Studios on West 57th Street where his friends were Thomas Moran, Robert Blum, Winslow Homer, William Merritt Chase and Birge Harrison. By 1889, he was a full member of the National Academy of Design, and this same year he had twin daughters born. One of them, Helen, trained by her father became a recognized post-impressionist landscape painter.

    In 1895, Hamilton Hamilton was in England, painting along the Cornish Coast. Returning to New York State, he painted on Long Island and in Peerskill, New York. In the mid-1890s, he became active in the artist colony of Silvermine, a town between Norwalk and New Canaan, Connecticut. Sculptor Solon Borglum was highly active in the leadership there and hosted discussions in his barn studio. Following Borglum’s death in 1922, Hamilton became one of the founders of the Silvermine Guild of Artists.

    The following note is from Barbara Lang:

    “He used his twin daughters Helen and Marguerite as models. Helen went on to become a post-impressionist painter. On a personal note, I met the two spinsters as a child; they were so otherworldly I’ll never forget it.”

  • Weight

    5lb.

    Height

    31.75"

    Width

    36.75"

    Depth

    2"

    Weight

    5lb.

    Height

    31.75"

    Width

    36.75"

    Depth

    2"

    Date

    19th Century

    Medium

    Oil

    Origin

    American

    Support

    Canvas

    Frame

    Yes