John William Casilear ( American, 1811 - 1893 )


Lake George

Oil on Canvas, Monogram "JWC" (l.c.)

12" x 20" / 20" x 28" Frame O.D. *Most Likely The Original Period Frame

Condition: Original Unlined Canvas in Excellent Condition with The Exception of ( 2 ) Small Crack Lines to Right of Steam Boat. No apparent Restoration when Painting was Examined under Black Light. Painting appears to have been backed into this one frame, one time only, no additional nail holes visible in Stretchers. Square Forged Nails Utilized in the Making of this Frame.

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Born in New York City, John Casilear was a leading Hudson River School* painter, known for serene landscapes that reflect delicate detailing he learned as an engraver and his interest in Luminism* or the reflection of light on natural forms.

He began his study with master engraver Peter Maverick and then studied landscape painting with Asher Durand.  To earn money, Casilear worked for many years as an engraver for the American Bank Note Company and later with his own firm.

But his great love was landscape painting, which he exhibited beginning 1833 at the National Academy of Design*.  From 1840 to 1843, he traveled in Europe with Durand, John Kensett and Thomas Rossiter, but for most of his life, he worked either out of his studio in New York City or in upstate New York or in Vermont, where he spent many summers.

From 1854, he devoted himself to landscape painting and was a leader among the Hudson River School Luminist painters who focused on special effects of air, light, and mood.  Views of Lake George were his most frequent subjects.

He was elected an Academician of the National Academy in 1851, and his work is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

He died in Saratoga, New York.

Michael David Zellman, 300 Years of American Art
Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art


Museums (22 - partial list):  John William Casilear    


Butler Institute of American Art

Frederick R Weisman Art Museum

George Walter Vincent Smith Museum

Georgia Museum of Art

High Museum of Art

Mead Art Museum

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

National Academy of Design Museum

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

New-York Historical Society

Robert Hull Fleming Museum

Saint Louis Art Museum

The Brooklyn Museum of Art

The Columbus Museum of Art, Georgia

The Museum Of Arts And Sciences

The Newark Museum

The White House Permanent Collection

The Woodmere Art Museum

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Walters Art Museum

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts