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Thomas Bigelow Craig
(American, 1849-1924)
Susquehanna, On the West Branch of the, Below Muncy Dam, 1878
Oil on canvas, 24 1/8 × 36 1/8 inches
Signed and dated at lower right: "Thos. B. Craig./1878"
Inscribed in ink on canvas verso: "On the West branch of the Susquehanna./below Muncy Dam./
Painted by/Thos. B. Craig./1878"

RS 5151


The mostly self-taught landscape painter Thomas Bigelow Craig was born in Philadelphia, where he began to exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1869. He moved to New York City in 1889 and became a regular exhibitor at the National Academy of Design (he had exhibited there since 1879). Craig settled in Rutherford, New Jersey, in 1899. He died at his summer studio in Woodland, New York.

Craig painted scenery all along the East Coast, but most of his landscapes represent Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This view of the west branch of the Susquehanna is typical of the subjects for which he was best known: verdant summer landscapes with cows quietly grazing by the side of a stream.



  


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