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Bay of New York, Sunset, mid 19th century

Chambers - Bay of New York, Sunset, mid 19th century

Thomas Chambers

Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch
1973.67.1

From 1834 to 1840 Thomas Chambers spent most of his time in New York, describing himself in newspapers as a painter of landscapes, marine life and other “fancy” things.  Although his work does suggest that he was amongst main stream artists of the time, there are no major exhibits on record that displayed his works. 

Chambers has often been praised for his heightened sense reality and ability to capture landscape in its true form and color.  His works are distinguished by the realistic scenes and the sharp contrasts in color, like in Bay of New York, Sunset where the sharp contrast between the water, sky and boats can be seen.  Chambers is able to capture the movement and every day activity of the New York skyline with accuracy and beauty.

About the Artist

Thomas Chambers - American, 1808 - 1866 or after

Thomas Chambers was born in London in 1808 and emigrated to the United States in 1832. A painter of both landscapes and marine scenes, Chambers did not confine his artistic subjects to views that he knew firsthand but made liberal use of both his imagination and popular engraved images.

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