Asher Durand

Dover Plains.

Steel engraving, 1851.
Image size 6 3/4 x 10 1/4" (175 x 265 mm).
Good condition save for minor spotting in the margins.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 50442
Price: $250.00
Publisher : Published by the American Art Union for the Members of 1850.
Painted by A. B. Durand. Engraved by James Smillie. The American Art Union, a member supported art publisher, annually produced and issued contemporary prints to its subscribers between 1840 and 1851. Originally called the Apollo Association for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in the United States, the organization was founded by James Herring, a New York businessman and art patron. Herring hoped to support and promote American painters of the popular themes of the day - American history and genre. Although Herring soon broke with the renamed American Art-Union, it continued to thrive as a popular source of American themes in fine art prints. By the end of the decade, the union was so successful that subscribers were treated to additional prints and illustrated books. Original paintings by artists such as Thomas Cole could be won through subscriber lotteries. Demand finally overwhelmed supply and by 1852 the American Art-Union folded under the weight of postage costs and legal restrictions. 18th-19th Century Subjects , Town Views - United States , New York State