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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Sanford Robinson Gifford, American (Greenfield, NY 1823 - 1880 New York, NY)
A Sketch in Kauterskill Clove
Other Titles
Former Title: A Sketch in Kaaterskill Clove
Work Type
c. 1861
Creation Place: North America, United States
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
33 x 27.9 cm (13 x 11 in.)
frame: 43.5 x 38.7 x 5.7 cm (17 1/8 x 15 1/4 x 2 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l. SR Gifford 1861


Recorded Ownership History
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, 2005.

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. 296
  • Ila Weiss, Sanford R. Gifford, Garland Publishers, Inc. (New York, 1977), p. 230, ill. VII C-8
  • Ila Weiss, Poetic Landscape: The Art and Experience of Sanford R. Gifford, University of Delaware Press (Newark, DE, 1987), p. 230, ill
  • Kevin Avery, Hudson River School Visions: The Landscapes of S. R. Gifford, exh. cat. (New York, 2003), pp. 130-132, cat. 22
  • 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Gifford" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, June 2006), Unpublished, pp. 1-8 passim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. 12
  • 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), p. 34, 222-23, cat 172, ill.
  • Kevin J. Avery, Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills, exh. cat., Thomas Cole National Historic Site (Catskill, New York, 2017), pp. 16, 18, repr. p. 18 as fig. 15

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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