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George Herbert McCord (American, 1848-1909)

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Brittany Cottage with Returning Sheep

Painting size: 27.5” x 41”
Frame size: 33” x 46.5”

Born in New York City, George Herbert McCord studied painting at the Hudson River Institute. He later attended Claverack Academy, and one of his instructors was American painter and inventor, Samuel F.B. Morse. Recognized in particular for his paintings of the Berkshire and Adirondack mountains, McCord traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe and worked for a number of years in England, Scotland and France.

McCord brings the naturalist style of the Hudson River School to Brittany in this atmospheric painting of a farm at the end of the day. Soft mists rise from the ground creating a haze around the trees while the sheep amble home, pausing here and there to graze. McCord’s rough brushstrokes delineating the fields and thatched cottage have a fiberous, grass-like texture. His overall treatment suggests that human production--building, farming, raising animals-- is a harmonious as opposed to dominant component of this rural environment.

George Herbert McCord is represented in the Albany Institute of History and Art in New York. He is listed in "Who Was Who in American Art" (Falk, 1999) and "Dictionary of American Painters" (Fielding, 1986).