Notable Hudson River School Sales

Notable Sales of Hudson River School paintings

Private Sales:


Asher B. Durand, Progress (The Advance of Civilization), 1853, Oil on canvas
Private sale, Jack Warner Collection to unnamed New York collector, 2011
Estimated $40 million.

Asher B. Durand, Kindred Spirits, 1849, Oil on canvas, 44 x 36 inches
Private sale, New York Public Library to Alice L. Walton (Wal-Mart heiress and founder of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR), 2005
Estimated $35 million.

Among the highest auction prices ever paid for work by American artists:


Thomas Moran
, Green River of Wyoming, 1878
Oil on canvas, 25 x 48 inches, monogrammed
Sale, Christie’s, New York, May 21, 2008, lot 26
$17,737,00

 

Thomas-Moran-Grand-Canyon-ColoradoThomas Moran, The Grand Canyon of the Colorado, 1904
Oil on canvas, 29½ c 60 inches, signed and dated
Sale, Christie’s, New York, May 22, 2014, lot 18
$12,485,000

 


Frederic Edwin Church
, Home by the Lake
Oil on canvas, 32 x 48¼ inches, signed
Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, May 24, 1989, lot 21
$8,250,012


Albert Bierstadt
, Indians Spear Fishing, 1862
Oil on canvas, 19¼ x 29¼ inches, signed
Sale, Christie’s, New York, May 21, 2008, lot 93
$7,321,000

Durand, Mountain Stream
Asher B. Durand, Mountain Stream
Oil on canvas, 39 ½ x 59 ½ inches, signed and dated
Sale, Christie’s, New York, May 23, 2017, lot 61
$967,500

 

Other impressive auction records:

Albert-Bierstadt-Yosemite-Valley
Albert Bierstadt, Yosemite Valley
Oil on canvas, 38¾ x 61 inches
Sale, Sotheby’s, December 3, 2003, lot 27
$7,176,000

Martin Johnson Heade, The Great Florida Sunset
Oil on canvas, 24¼ x 96 inches, signed and dated
Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, November 18, 2015, lot 11
$5,850,000

Thomas Moran, Mists in the Yellowstone, 1908
Oil on canvas, 30 x 45 inches, signed
Sale, Coeur D’Alene Auction, Hayden, Idaho, July 24, 2002, lot 118
$4,928,000

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Thomas Moran, Indian Summer, Green River, Wyoming, 1913
Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches
Sale, Scottsdale Art Auction, April 2, 2011, lot 234
$4,159,000

Frederic Edwin Church, Mount Newport on Mount Desert Island
Oil on canvas, 17¼ x 25 inches, signed
Sale, Christie’s, New York, May 25, 2000, lot 49
$4,186,000

Frederic Edwin Church, Twilight, 1863
Oil on canvas laid down on board, 13 ¾ x 22 ½ inches, signed and dated
Sale, Christie’s, New York, November 30, 2011, lot 45
$3,218,500

Martin Johnson Heade, Sunny Day on the Marsh (Newburyport Meadows)
Oil on canvas, 13 x 26¼ inches, signed
Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, May 18, 2005, lot 123
$2,760,000

Francis Silva, Sunrise at Tappan Zee, 1874
Oil on canvas, 20 x 36 inches, signed and dated
Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, December 3, 2008, lot 9
$2,658,500

Albert-Bierstadt-Yosemite Valley May 2014 sale

Albert Bierstadt, Yosemite Valley, 1865
Oil on board, 15 x 21 inches
Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, May 21, 2014, lot 45
$2,517,000

Albert Bierstadt, Mount Rainier, 1890
Oil on canvas, 54 x 83 inches
Sale, Coeur D’Alene, July 23, 2011, lot 159
$2,153,000


Sanford Robinson Gifford
, Fire Island Beach, 1878
Oil on canvas, 13½ x 27½ inches, signed
Sale, Christie’s, New York, May 19, 2005, lot 16
$2,144,000

Martin-Johnson-Heade-White-Orchid-and-Hummingbird
Martin Johnson Heade
, Orchids and Hummingbirds
Oil on canvas, 15 x 20 inches, signed lower left
Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, December 1, 2011, lot 8
$1,986,500

George Inness, Sunset on the River, 1867
Oil on canvas, 30½ x 45½ inches, signed lower left
Sale, Christie’s, New York, May 21, 2008, lot 112
$1,945,000

Worthington Whittredge, Second Beach, Newport
O
il on canvas, 30¼ x 50¼ inches, signed
Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, May 24, 1989, lot 31
$1,870,000


William Trost RichardsMackerel Cove, Jamestown, Rhode Island, 1894
Oil on canvas, 26¼ x 47 inches, signed and dated
Sale, Christie’s, New York, May 18, 2011, lot 23
$1,650,500

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Martin Johnson Heade, Magnolias on a Wooden Table
Oil on canvas, 14¼ x 22 inches
Sale, Christie’s, May 25, 2000, lot 40
$1,491,000

Thomas Cole, Catskill Mountain House
O
il on canvas, 15 x 23¼ inches, initialed
Sale, Christie’s, New York, December 2, 2003, lot 14
$1,463,500

John Frederick Kensett, Entrance to Newport Harbor, 1855
Oil on canvas, 14 x 24 inches, initialed
Sale, Christie’s, New York, December 1, 2005, lot 66
$1,248,000

Martin Johnson Heade,White Orchid and Hummingbird
Oil on canvas, 20 x 12 inches
Sale, Sotheby’s New York, December 4, 2013
$1,205,000

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Sanford Gifford, Tappan Zee
Oil on canvas, 17¼ x 36¼ inches
Sale, Christie’s, May 23, 2013, lot 46
$1,179,750

Thomas Cole, View in Kaaterskill Clove, 1826
Oil on panel, 18 x 24¾ inches
Sale, Christie’s, May 20,2009, lot 84
$1,022,500

Jasper Francis Cropsey, Lake George, Sunrise, 1868
Oil on canvas, 24 x 44 inches, signed
Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, May 25, 1995, lot 149
$1,003,500