Drummer Boy, by Josephn Goodhue Chandler, (American, 1813-1884)
Depicted with a river and hills in the distance, sky at sunset. Oil on canvas, 44-1/2 x 31-1/4.
The stretcher and remnants of an old printed label reading in part "... rear entra(nce) NEW YORK / ... YORK /ANTIQUES EXPOSITION ... ." The label is said to have referred to Albany at one time, indicating an exhibition in that city, possibly celebrating the centennial of 1876. Chandler was born in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where his family owned a small farm. After a brief apprenticeship with a cabinetmaker, he studied painting in Albany, New York, between the years 1827-1832. Most of his known paintings date from 1837-1852, a period when he traveled parts of the Connecticut River Valley, particularly northwestern Massachusetts, working as an itinerant painter.
Provenance: Alice Braunfeld, Los Angeles, early 1980s.
Literature: For additional information on the artist, see John W. Keefe, "Joseph Goodhue Chandler, Itinerant Painter of the Connecticut River Valley," The Magazine Antiques, November 1972, pp. 849-854. Note the resemblance of Chandler's maternal grandparents, figs. 2 & 3, to the drummer boy.