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Landscape Painting by Thomas Bigelow Craig (American (1849-1924)

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Thomas Bigelow Craig (American (1849-1924)

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Oil-on-canvas, signed lower right and dated “1871”, and retaining a gallery label from Chas. Haseltine, Philadelphia

Painting Size: 20” x 36”
Frame Size: 28.5 ” x 44.5”

Known for his bucolic landscapes with grazing cows, Thomas Craig was born in Philadelphia where he remained until 1889 and then moved to New York City until 1899.  He painted primarily in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but also all along the East Coast, the Hudson River and the Catskills. He finally settled in Rutherford, New Jersey, but maintained a summer studio in Woodland Valley, near Phoenicia, New York.

Craig was largely self taught, but his activity in the Philadelphia Sketch Club, 1873 to 1876, suggests he may have been a student of Thomas Eakins.  He exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and at the National Academy of Design.  He also exhibited four of his works at the Cincinnati Industrial Exposition of 1875.

Craig is listed in Peter Falk’s Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975