In his search for material, Moore traveled throughout his native Connecticut and the rest of New England, and also explored New York State, where he spent twenty-five summers painting the scenery of Lake George beginning in 1863. His attraction to this region was most likely inspired by John Frederick Kensett, whom Moore admired and who exhibited his Lake George paintings at the National Academy of Design. Moore held exhibitions of his work for potential collectors at his Lake George studio or at local hotels and was a talented self-promoter, earning commissions from affluent summer residents to capture specific views or recreational activities, such as this scene of a group in a rowboat enjoying a late afternoon on the water.
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By descent through the artist’s family
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. NAM-14, 1990
To private collection, New Canaan, Connecticut, November 1990 to present
Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. NAM-14
Fletcher, Ellen. Nelson Augustus Moore. (Moore Picture Trust, 1994), Illus. page 68
Nelson Augustus Moore (1824-1902), Vose Galleries, Boston, November 7, 1990 – February 9, 1991, illus. page 8