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JAMES D. SMILLIE Two oil on canvas studies.
Study from Nature, No. 2 (Catskill Clove), 1864. Signed with the artist's monogram and dated "July '64" in oil, lower left recto * Study from Nature, No. 4 (Catskill Clove), oil on canvas, 1864. Signed with the artist's monogram and dated "July 1864" in oil, lower left recto, and signed, titled and dated in oil verso. Both approximately 250x175 mm; 9 7/8x6 7/8 inches. Both ex-collection the artist, thence by descent to the current owners.
The Kaaterskill (or Catskill) Clove in the Catskill Mountains north-west of New York was a popular destination for Hudson River School artists (both Asher B. Durand and John Frederick Kensett painted there in the 1880s). By the late 1860s this picturesque rock outcropping had also become a tourist destination for adventure-seekers from New York City.