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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Sanford Robinson Gifford, American (Greenfield, NY 1823 - 1880 New York, NY)
A Ledge on South Mountain, in the Catskills
Other Titles
Former Title: Kaaterskill Clove
Former Title: Kauterskill Clove
Work Type
c. 1861-1862
Creation Place: North America, United States, New York State
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
32.7 x 27.3 cm (12 7/8 x 10 3/4 in.)
frame: 43.8 x 38.1 x 5.7 cm (17 1/4 x 15 x 2 1/4 in.)
Gift from the artist to Dr. James C. Gifford; to his cousin by marriage, Mrs. Sanford R. (Alice) Gifford; to her son, Dr. Sanford Gifford, Cambridge, MA, 1985; his gift to the Harvard Art Museums, 2006.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Sanford Gifford, M.D.
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

John F. Weir, A Memorial Catalogue of the Paintings of Sanford Robinson Gifford, N.A., exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1881), no. 298

Ila Weiss, Sanford R. Gifford, Garland Publishers, Inc. (New York, 1977), pp. 231-232, fig. VII C 10

Ila Weiss, Poetic Landscape: The Art and Experience of Sanford R. Gifford, University of Delaware Press (Newark, DE, 1987), p. 230 (ill.), p. 231

Sandra Kelberlau, "How One Landscape-Painter Paints: The Technique of Sanford Robinson Gifford" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, June 2006), Unpublished, pp. 1-8 passim

Michael Altman, Kevin Avery, and Donald Christensen, An Artist's Legacy and a Dealer's Admiration: Paintings by Sanford Robinson Gifford from Important American Collections, exh. cat., Michael Altman Fine Art & Advisory Services, LLC (New York, NY, 2012), pl. 14

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press (U.S.) and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), pp. 34, 222-23, cat. 173, ill.

James D. Balestrieri, "Museum Preview: Catskill, NY: Connecting with the Land", American Fine Art Magazine (May/June 2017), pp. 88-89, repr. p. 88

Kevin J. Avery, Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills, exh. cat., Thomas Cole National Historic Site (Catskill, New York, 2017), pp. 23-24, repr. p. 24 as fig. 21 and detail on cover image

Exhibition History

32Q: 2100 19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/07/2018 - 07/09/2018

Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, 04/30/2017 - 10/29/2017

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