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Charles Wilson Knapp
American
(1823-1900)

Charles Wilson Knapp
Along the Jersey Shore, oil on canvas, s.l.r.
20" x 36" (image only), 32" x 48"with frame)
Charles Wilson Knapp was born in Philadelphia in 1823. Though he died in his native city in 1900, he also resided for periods of his life in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City. A fairly prolific artist, Knapp sought picturesque venues throughout the northeastern United States. He was equally at home among mountainous vistas of the White Mountains, the Catskills, and the Poconos, and at the ocean, painting a number of scenes at Narragansett and along the Jersey shore. He particularly liked the Susquehanna River valley. Although well within the tradition of the Hudson River school, Knapp preferred the more serene and placid landscape to the sublime panorama. Knapp’s compositions follow a common format of rocks, trees, or hills laterally framing a luminous river or other body of water, with mountains receding in the distance in aerial perspective. Knapp frequently placed cattle or other evidence of human habitation in his compositions as though to emphasize the domesticity and tranquility of the landscape.

Among other exhibition venues, Knapp exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy and the National Academy of Design. His work can be found in the collections of the Pennsylvania Academy, the Albany Institute of Arts, the Robert Hull Fleming Museum (U. of Vermont, Burlington), the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Hood Museum (Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH) and the New Hampshire Historical Society.


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