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Charles Lewis Fussell - September 2007
 
 
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Charles Lewis Fussell
(American, 1840–1909)
East Hampton, Long Island, 1882
Oil on canvas, 8 3/4 × 12 inches
Signed and inscribed at lower left: “C. L. FUSSELL/EASTHAMPTON”
RS 2456


This painting was executed around August 1882, when Fussell spent two weeks in East Hampton, Long Island, New York. Several years later the writer Lizzie W. Champney described the town as “perhaps the most popular of adjacent sketching grounds for New York artists.”1 Fussell met Thomas Moran (1837–1926) and his wife Mary Nimmo Moran (1842–1899) there, and probably other noted landscape painters, such as George Henry Smillie (1840–1921), H. Bolton Jones (1848–1927), and Bruce Crane (1857–1937).

Fussell informed his mother that he had made six sketches in East Hampton, including one of a windmill.2 There are two closely related oil sketches of East Hampton in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and one watercolor in the Sewell Biggs Collection, Delaware.3

Notes

1. Lizzie W. Champney, “The Summer Haunts of American Artists,” Century Magazine 30 (October 1885): 848.

2. Charles Lewis Fussell, letter, August 24, 1882, PAFA Archives.

3. The Biggs watercolor is discussed and illustrated in The Sewell C. Biggs Collection of American Art: A Catalogue. Volume II, Paintings and Sculpture (Dover, Del.: Biggs Museum of American Art, 2002), no. 310, p. 365.


  


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