Shrewsbury River, New Jersey

Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Shrewsbury River, New Jersey
Shrewsbury River, New Jersey
Title
Shrewsbury River, New Jersey
Date 
1859
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions 
Canvas: 18 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. (47 x 77.5 cm)Frame: 32 x 44 x 3 1/2 in. (81.3 x 111.8 x 8.9 cm)
Description 
Depicts, in a horizontal format, the estuary landscape of the Shrewsbury River near Red Bank, New Jersey. A wooded promontory of the Navesink Highlands, at left, is juxtaposed with areas of calm, flat water, punctuated with reeds, and dotted with the white sails of pleasure craft. The tranquil scenery is bathed in light emanating from a vast expanse of sky.
Credit Line 
The Robert L. Stuart Collection, on permanent loan from the New York Public Library
Object Number 
S-229
Gallery Label 
Reflects Kensett's distinctive mature style featuring reflective expanses of water along the northeastern seaboard set against a brilliant and seemingly limitless sky. The radiant light, and calm stillness of the water exudes divine presence and an enveloping mood of reverie, offering a contemplative and spiritually imbued interpretation of American scenery akin to that described by the American Transcendentalist writers, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
Provenance 
Kensett's brother, 1859; Robert L. Stuart, New York City, ca. 1865; Lenox Library, later New York Public Library, 1892-1944
Bibliography 
"Sketchings," The Crayon, Vol. VI, March 1859, p. 91. Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New York Historical Society, Vol. II, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, p. 242. Mitchell, Mark D., and Manthorne, Katherine E., "Luminism Revisited: Two Points of View," Luminist Horizons: The Art and Collection of James A. Suydam, New York: George Braziller, 2006, pp. 121-43
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group