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Wilhelm Heine (1827 - 1885)



September 13, 2006
New York, NY, US

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42 by 60 in.

alternate measurements
106.7 by 152.5 cm.

signed W Heine, and dated 1851, l.l.

oil on canvas

Condition Note: Canvas unlined, two small patches to reverse with associated inpainting in sky, light craquelure throughout, lightly soiled, under UV light 9 inch crescent shaped repair to right of tree at right, a few scattered touches of inpainting, area of touches of inpainting to lower left, not affecting signature, appears to retain its original painted coved wood frame

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John C. Cruger, 1851


New York, National Academy Of Design, Annual Exhibition, 1851, #59


Cruger's Island is a small peninsula on the Hudson River off Red Hook in Dutchess County, New York. The 'island' was purchased by John C. Cruger (d. 1879) of New York in the first half of the 19th century.
Visible in the present work is the 'ruin' at the southern end of the island, which incorporated some of the first Mayan artifacts sent to New York by John Lloyd Stevens, who introduced the United States to the ancient cultures of Mesoamerica. The artifacts were acquired by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in the early 20th century (for additional sources of information on these ruins, see Jennifer L. Roberts, Landscapes of Indifference: Robert Smithson and John Lloyd Stephens in Yucatan, The Art Bulletin, September 2000, endnote #48).
Cruger's Island is now part of the Tivoli Bays Component of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve.
William Heine may be best known today for his work as chief artist for Admiral Perry's expedition to open Japan in 1853.

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