Cedar Meadows, Po'keepsie (Poughkeepsie) by James David Smillie

Cedar Meadows, Pokeepsie  (Poughkeepsie) by James David Smillie

Cedar Meadows, Po'keepsie (Poughkeepsie)

James David Smillie

Title

Cedar Meadows, Po'keepsie (Poughkeepsie)

 
Artist
Year
1880  
Technique
etching on zinc 
Image Size
5 3/8 x 7 1/4" platemark 
Signature
lower right, pencil 
Edition Size
only known impression 
Annotations
first imp. Ap. 15 - 1880 
Reference
JDS16; W16 
Paper
china 
State
first impression, first proof 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
BC074 
Price
$650.00 
Description

James D. Smillie noted that this etching was done on a zinc plate and was "destroyed in attempting to rebite". This is James D. Smillie's 16th etching. Smillie has annotated this impression as: "first imp - Ap. 15 - 1880". This is the impression illustrated in the Witthoft catalog raisonne and is the only known impression.

Poughkeepsie, New York, is sometimes called the "Queen City of the Hudson" and is located in the Hudson Valley between New York City and Albany. J.D. Smillie's parents, Catherine and artist James Smillie lived there and James D. would often spend time with them. His father had taught him etching and engraving and had a studio in which to work.

This bucolic landscape with shade trees, a pasture with a cow and a body of water in the background is what brought New York's movers and shakers to the area to build second homes as an escape from the city.