Primeval Forest

Object Number: 
ca. 1854
Oil on pre-primed canvas, with butt end stretcher
Canvas: 58 x 48 in. ( 147.3 x 121.9 cm ) Framed: 3 x 64 1/2 x 54 3/4 in. (7.6 x 163.8 x 139.1 cm)
Canvas stencil: PREPARED / BY/ EDWD DECHAUX / NEW-YORK; stretcher stencil: 366
Gallery Label: 
Other Primeval Forest compositions of 1854 and 1869 by Durand, which differ from the NYHS version, are owned by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts. Durand painted a Primeval Forest in 1854 for Edward D. Nelson which was displayed at the National Academy that year and is now unlocated.
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Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Lucy Maria Durand Woodman
The artist and his family.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group