Eagle Cliff, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, depicts the picturesque seaside town in a dazzling, romanticized style, reminiscent of Hudson River School contemporaries Frederic E. Church (1826-1900), Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) and Sanford Gifford (1823-1880). In keeping with Fairman’s fascination with natural phenomena, a large, glowing sun creates dramatic shadows and pink-hued highlights, and tiny figures add a heightened sense of grandeur to the cliffs that dwarf them. Fairman’s work is held in the collections of the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York, and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland, among others.
This work is framed in a period frame.
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This painting is accompanied by a handwritten document signed by the artist, attesting to the authenticity, the early provenance and the exact location of the landscape. The provenance as it descended within the Steinmeyer family is written in pencil, in an unknown hand.
From the artist to William Steinmeyer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1898
By descent to his son, Charles Steinmeyer
By descent to Madeline Steinmeyer Hunter
To private collection, Pennsylvania
With Vose Galleries, inventory no. 34657, November 2006
To private collection, Hyattsville, Maryland, November 2007 to present
(name of previous owner on left stretcher in pencil) Hunter