Sheep in a Landscape
Attributed to Susan Waters (1823-1900)
Inscribed to: Eleanor H. Kinch, 1889.
Oil on canvas
48.5” x 65.5”
After many years as an itinerant painter, Susan Waters and her husband settled permanently in Bordentown NJ in 1866. Here Waters painted animal and still life pictures in a sophisticated and academic style. She exhibited two works of animal subjects at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. After this she became a local celebrity in Bordentown, best known for her renderings of sheep grazing in landscapes off which this is a fine example.
The relationship between Susan Waters and Eleanor Kinch (1840-1913) is unclear, though Eleanor Kinch was a lifelong resident of Bordentown. This painting was inscribed just a year before Eleanor married for a second time to Edward Clift (1832-1906) of Bordentown.