While some painters might become engrossed in defining individual boulders or each spindly tree branch and leaf, Ryder is more concerned with rendering the qualities of light, atmosphere and muted color in portraying the impressive mountain views offered by the Granite State. His composition has a "a harmony of colors in which there is no disturbing note – a delicate adjustment of strength and tenderness."1
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1Mr. Sidney C. Woodward, Christian Monitor, 1922 (see American Art & Antiques, September-October 1978, “Chauncey Foster Ryder: Peace and Plenty,” by Ronald G. Pisano.
Painting is accompanied by it's original frame.
Private collection, Hingham, Massachusetts, until 1984
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 27811, October 1984
To private collection, Dover, Massachusetts, October 1986
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 33544, May 2001
Returned to private collection, Dover, Massachusetts, December 2002
To private collection, sister of the above, Kittery, Maine, 2002 to present
1). (top stretcher in red, circled) 5
2). (top stretcher in pencil, circled) #9095
1). Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 27811
2). Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 33544
3). Grand Central Art Galleries, New York / No. A 4789 / B21 / Artist: Ryder, C. F. / Title: Vespers Ledge Price: 1000 Size: 22 x 28 / (dated stamp on label, illegible month/day) 1930
4). (handwritten label on backing): (stamp) 9095 Vespers Ledge / Chauncey F. Ryder / 171 – W. 12th St. N.Y.C.
Landscapes by Chauncey F. Ryder, N.A., The Macbeth Gallery, New York, March 18 – 31, 1930, no. 10, as Vesper’s Ledge