Friday, 8 February 2013

Cropsey Export Ban

The temporary export bans are coming thick and fast this week. On Wednesday it was two paintings by George Stubbs of a kangaroo and a dingo (CLICK). Today it's Jasper Francis Cropsey's Richmond Hill in the Summer of 1862. Staten Island-born member of the Hudson River School, Cropsey made a number of trips to England in the 1850s to show paintings at the Royal Academy. This one he was forced to sell after running up huge debts entertaining in London. The painting has been in a number of British collections for 150 years and, as far as I know, is one of only two full paintings by Hudson River School artists in the UK. It will cost £5m to keep it in Britain. The date set is 7 April (CLICK).


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