Autumn Cider Pressing by George Henry Durrie
Cross stitch chart or kit from the Scarlet Quince 1830 - 1900 Fine Art Collection.
George Henry Durrie (June 6, 1820 – October 15, 1863) was an American artist whose rural winter scenes became popular when reproduced as lithographic prints by Currier and Ives.
He was born in Hartford, Connecticut. In his teens the self-taught artist painted portraits in the New Haven area. In 1839 he received artistic instruction from Nathaniel Jocelyn, a local engraver and portrait painter. After 1842 he settled in New Haven, but made painting trips to New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. Around 1850, he began painting genre scenes of rural life, as well as the winter landscapes that became popular when Currier and Ives published them as lithographs. Four prints were published between 1860 and the artist's death in New Haven in 1863; six additional prints were issued posthumously.
Collections holding paintings by Durrie include the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
This piece depicts a perfect autumn day in the hills of New England. At a small farm, men are operating a horse-drawn cider press. Another man walks alongside an oxcart which has just crossed a rickety old bridge bringing more apples to add to the pile outside the cider shed. Other men are working nearby in a field, perhaps picking up windfall apples. Over the next hill the village can be seen, with a few houses and a white church. (1855)
Approx: 27" x 20" or 69 x 51cm - when worked on 18ct.
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