This fabulous framed oil painting is attributed to the James Crawford Thom (1835-1898), the important Hudson River School style landscape and genre painter. The stretcher measures 14.5" by 17.75" and the period frame measures 22" by 25". In this work, Thom has depicted boys at play on a frozen stream, and it is an excellent example of his style of outdoor genre scenes which often depicted children at play. It is signed " J.G. Thom Paris". Period gilded frame has a brass plate with the title "Winter Sports". We have no details on provenance, and are selling the work on behalf of a client and retired antique dealer.
Thom was born in New York City in 1835 and grew up on a farm near Ramapo. He studied at the National Academy of Design and as a teenager travelled to Paris where he studied with Camille Corot, Thomas Couture and Henri Picou. He also studied with Pierre Edouard Frere and appears to have been highly influenced by his paintings of children and peasants. Upon his return from France he settled in the Atlantic Highlands in New Jersey. His works are held by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Newark Museum, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford CT), Walters Art Museum (Baltimore MD), New Jersey State Museum, among other institutions. (Source: David Michael Zellman, Three Hundred Years of American Art