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Samuel Colman: American Landscape Painter and Collector of Asian Art

Chelsea DeLay | January 30th, 2014 | Posted in Essays

Samuel Colman was one of the leading members of the second generation Hudson River School artists. His depictions of the Hudson River, Lake George, and White Mountains received critical acclaim, and he was instrumental in launching the American watercolor and etching movements. As a landscape artist, he traveled throughout the world seeking inspiration in the natural terrain, and his cravings for art and adventure landed him in exotic locations in Algeria, Egypt, France, Holland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, and Spain, to name only a few. However, these wanderlust-fueled excursions also allowed Colman to indulge his penchant for collecting souvenirs—specifically, pieces of Asian artwork.

What began as an early interest in the genre evolved into a breadth of knowledge that spanned incredibly wide and deep, so much so that Colman became a known authority on Asian art. In 1880, an exhibition of his collection was held in New York City; among the objects displayed were Chinese ceramics, an assortment of jades, and Asian prints—even a suit of Japanese armor! Colman’s desire and willingness to experience other countries and cultures added a unique, worldly quality to his artistic approach, a timeless attribute that continues to be valued in the present day.

Samuel Colman (1832–1920) Morning, 1859  Oil on canvas 15¼ x 24 3/16 inches Signed and dated lower right: S. Colman ’59 Currently available at Questroyal Fine Art

Samuel Colman (1832–1920)
Morning, 1859
Oil on canvas
15¼ x 24 3/16 inches
Signed and dated lower right: S. Colman ’59
Currently available at Questroyal Fine Art

Chelsea DeLay is a Researcher at Questroyal Fine Art. Chelsea earned her MA in art business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, and her BA in art history and classical studies. Her interest in American paintings first began while working at an auction house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and has multiplied exponentially since joining the Questroyal team.