At River's Bend, circa 1850, signed indistinctly lower right "Ban...", oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in.; reproduction carved gilt wood and composition frame, 37-1/2 x 47-1/2 in.
Provenance: Eckert Antiques, Westfield Indiana; a New Jersey Private Collection.
Note: John Banvard is well known for his work creating vast landscapes that were manipulated into crowd pleasing, awe inspiring panoramic narratives. At the height of his fame, he presented a three mile long canvas to viewers from New York to London, entitled Adventures of the Artist, it depicted a voyage down the mighty Mississippi River. While decidedly smaller in scale, At River's Bend is a prime example of his skill depicting the vastness of the open land in mid-19th century America.
wax lined, areas of retouch, stabilized crackle; frame with minimal abrasions
Eckert Antiques, Westfield Indiana; a New Jersey Private Collection.