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Charles Lewis Fussell - September 2007
 
 
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Charles Lewis Fussell
(American, 1840–1909)
Horse Grazing in a Meadow, 1887
Oil on paper, 9 3/4 × 14 inches
Signed and dated at lower left: “C. L. FUSSELL/1887”
RS 2459


Fussell painted a number of fairly detailed grisaille landscapes that probably served as a source for monochrome illustrations in magazines or books. These paintings are similar to works by his contemporary Thomas Moran (1837–1926), who was active as a commercial illustrator. Unfortunately Fussell’s career as an illustrator is undocumented. In 1889 he exhibited three grisailles at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, two views of Ridley Creek and one study of a beech tree, and priced them at twenty-five dollars each. A similar grisaille owned by the academy is dated 1895 and identified by an inscription on the reverse as a view near Fussell’s neighborhood in Media, Delaware County.


  


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