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James Fairman (1826 - 1904)

Lot 2408: James Fairman 1826-1904 Scottish American o/c

William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals

December 9, 2008
Chadds Ford, PA, US

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James Fairman, 1826-1904, Scottish American, o/c, Sunset over the Skyline of Jeruselem, 32" x 45", burlap liner behind the canvas, 1 2/" x 1 1/4" area of damage in right center of painting, 1/2" x 1/4" slight puncture in upper left corner above clouds, the stretcher with iron corner braces with 1885 patent date. Generally excellent "As Found" condition, James Fairman worked as a landscape painter, critic, lecturer, musician, and teacher. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1926. Fairman came to the U.S. with his family in 1832. studied at the National Academy of Design in 1842, and exhibited drawings at the American Institute in 1846. After serving as a colonel in the Civil War, he opened a studio in New York City. George Herbert McCord (1848-1909), who later become known for his watercolors, oils, and pastels, is said to have studied with James Fairman in 1866. In 1871 he returned to Europe and spent ten years studying in Italy, France, Germany, and England. In 1891 he was a resident of Los Angeles and, while there, made a trip north to paint the Golden Gate and exhibit at the Mechanics' Institute.

Fairman was one of the many artists who painted in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the late 1800s. In 1871, he went to Europe where he spent the next nine years. In the 19th century, many Americans traveled abroad, and often visited, depicted, or wrote about the Holy Land, where they often found corroboration of just about any ideological or aesthetic viewpoint they chose to maintain. Fairman returned and became a teacher at Olivel College beginning 1880. His works were shown at the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Biographahical notes from Askart.com.

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