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Winter Scene with Two Children

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Junius Sloan (1827-1900)

Watercolor on paper

Size: 11 1/2" X 8 1/2" (sight) Frame, 17" X 13" overall.

Price: $375

A fine American winter scene watercolor by Junius Sloan. The watercolor appears to be in excellent condition although, no doubt, there is some light yellow toning to the paper. The biographies of Junius Sloan seem to be somewhat contradicting, however I have borrowed the bio from the Brauer Museum in Valparaiso, Indiana as copied below. It appears though, that Sloan died in Oak Glen, Ca.

Born in Kingsville, Ohio, Junius Sloan was entirely self taught as an artist.  In 1848, he began a career as an itinerant portrait painter and traveled in Ohio, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.  In 1857, he moved to New York City and shared a studio with Julian Edward Bryant (1836-1865), a nephew of William Cullen Bryant.  Although Sloan considered himself primarily a portrait painter, he was well aware of the Hudson River School painters and was a particular friend of Cincinnati landscape painter, Robert S. Duncanson.

In 1858, he moved to Erie, Pennsylvania and painted portraits for a few years but after 1864, concentrated on landscape painting.  He made many sketching trips into the Catskill Mountains, the Hudson River Valley, and Vermont.

In 1864, he moved to Chicago, then left for a couple of years and then returned in 1873 for the remainder of his life.

More than 250 of his paintings are in the Brauer Museum, Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, and included are some midwestern landscapes that he painted on visits to his parents' home at Wethersfield, Illinois in 1866.