Gustave Cimiotti (1875-1969)

“Mountain Cabin”, 12×16, oil
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Gustave Cimiotti with had a simplicity of composition and a distinct contre-jour light that set him apart from many late American impressionists. His childhood was spent in Verona, New Jersey in the summer and New York City in the winter. When he was sixteen, Gustave was producing watercolors of note. He enrolled in the Art Students League studying under John Twachtmann at 20.


He left for Paris 1899, and studied at the Académie Julian. He returned to America in October 1900, opening a studio in New York City where friends William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, and John La Farge also worked. He taught at the Berkshire Summer School of Art, the Montclair Museum School, the old Whitney Museum School, the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, and the Pratt Institute. He considered art education key to improving society. He continued to teach and exhibit until his death at ninety-three in 1969.

Member – Salmagundi Club, Association of American Painters and Sculptors, New York Watercolor Club

Exhibited – Paris World’s Fair 1900, Corcoran Gallery, National Academy of Design, Armory Show 1913, Art Club of Philadelphia


William McKillop (1878-1937) Sold

“The Stream”, 12×16
William McKillop began his art studies at the St. Louis Art School under Edmund Wuerpel, a student of Whistler, prior to 1904. He studied in Paris at the Academy Julian under Jean Paul Laurens and at the Ecole des Beaux Arts under Ernest Laurent, and he exhibited several paintings at the Paris Salon.  McKillop returned to the United States in 1913 and established a studio where he painted portraits.


McKillop is best known for his depictions of woman in interiors, but he also painted genre paintings, landscapes and, apparently, florals He painted numerous pictures of the Brittany countryside and of Tangiers. He also produced plein air work in the Berkshires near Lee, Massachusetts. He was well regarded by his peers, being selected to paint the portrait of the wife of George De Forest Brush, which he exhibited at the National Academy.

In 1925, Catherine Beach Ely included an entire chapter on McKillop in her book “The Modern Tendency in American Art.”

Exhibited – National Academy, The Chicago Institute, Society of Independent Artists, The Allied Artists Exhibitions, and Panama-Pacific Exhibition in San Francisco


Earnest David Roth (1879-1964)

“Italy”, 12×16, oil
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Ernest David Roth was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and moved to America shortly after.  Needing to work during the day, Roth enrolled in night classes at the National Academy of Design.

Roth first exhibited in New York and Philadelphia.  However, he was financially unsuccessful and did not receive the recognition he desired.  As a result, he left for Europe where he concentrated exclusively on etching.


While in Florence, he created a series of etchings that immortalized the spirit of Florence.  The director of the Uffizi Gallery was so impressed by Roth’s work that he purchased the etchings for the Uffizi print department.

Upon Roth’s return to the United States, he exhibited frequently throughout the country and won numerous awards, including First prize for Architectural Subject from the Chicago Society of Etchers and the J. Sanford Saltus Prize from the Salmagundi Club.  Clearly, as one critic noted, “Mr. Roth’s work has been welcomed in America as promising well for the future of the art.”

Member – Associate Member of the National Academy, National Academician, New York Water Color Society, American Water Color Society, Salmagundi Club, Chicago Society of Etchers, California Society of Etchers, New York Society of Etchers, Washington Water Color Club, Allied Artists of America, California Printmakers, The National Arts Club, Salons of America Exhibited – Boston Art Club, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Annual, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (gold medal), Corcoran Gallery biennials, Art Institute of Chicago, Philadelphia Print Club, Salmagundi Club, Chicago Society of Etching, American Fellowship, Panama-Pacific Expo, Society of Independent Artists, California Printmakers, Salons of America, Society of American Etchers, National Academy of Design, 1901, 1903-1905, 1909-1912, 1914-15, 1917-1923, 1925-35, 1937-38, 1941-42, 1944-45, 1947, 1949-50 Collection – New York Public Library, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Library of Congress, Art Institute of Chicago, Newark New Jersey Public Library, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, New York, Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio, Florence Museum of Art-Science-History, South Carolina, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minnesota, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Georgia, Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama, National Academy of Design Museum, New York, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., Print Club of Albany, Saint Joseph College Art Gallery, Connecticut, San Diego Museum of Art, Carnegie Art Museum, California, The Mattatuck Museum of the Mattatuck, Connecticut, Historical Society, Connecticut, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Washington County Museum of Art, Maryland, Wright Museum of Art, Wisconsin

Jonas Joseph Lavalley (1858-1930)

“Valley Summer”, 25×30, oil
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Jonas Joseph LaValley was born in 1858 at Rouses Point, New York. He grew up on the family farm in New York, later working in the mills of Chicopee, Massachusetts, and then as a barber in Springfield. He painted part time in the rear of the barber shop, sketching in pencil and pastel and slowly turning to oils, often using still-life as subjects. By 1899 he opened his studio on Main Street in Springfield, and began painting exclusively.


He studied with Willis Seaver Adams, Edmund Case and George Newell Bowers. He exhibited and sold paintings in Boston, New York and Springfield, and was able to buy a house in Westfield, MA at the foot of Mount Tekoa.

He spent his summers painting landscapes, and winters painting still lifes. Jonas was a co-founder of the Springfield Art League along with Harriet Lumis, and in 1918 was elected the first president.

By his own admission, his favorite subjects were succulent peaches and luscious raspberries which he painted often throughout his career. He died on August 9, 1930 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Member – Springfield Art League, Connecticut Academy of Fine Art

Collections – City of Springfield, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Massachusetts Agricultural College

Charles Gordon Harris (1891-1963)

“Haymaking”, 34×36, oil, SOLD
He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design; his teachers were Cyrus Farnum, Stacy Tolman, and George A. Hays.  A life-long Rhode Island resident, he taught and supported local artists and took painting trips, including to Bermuda. Member – Providence Art Club, Providence Watercolor Club, South Country Art Association Exhibited – Attleboro Museum of Art, Providence Art Club, Providence Watercolor Club, South Country Art Association

Paul R Koehler (1866-1909)

“Moving the Herd”, 16×24, pastel, sold
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Paul Koehler was born in New York City. He was self-taught and worked as a commercial artist. He is known for his pastel landscapes.

Theodore Victor Carl Valenkamph (1868-1924)

“Fresh Snow”, 12×16, oil
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Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Theodore Victor Carl Valenkamph served in the Swedish Navy for eight years, during which time he traveled widely and embraced the opportunity to study ships and their movement, as well as the character of the open water under a range of weather conditions. Around 1899, Valenkamph immigrated to the United States, settling first in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and by 1903 he had moved into the Studio Building on Tremont Street in Boston. He became a member of the Boston Art Club, and exhibited his work there in 1906 and 1908.


After 1908, however, it seems that Valenkamph returned to the North Shore and began listing his address as Rocky Neck Avenue in East Gloucester. Contemporary reviews of his work lauded his ability to accurately portray his subjects and the feel of being on the ocean: Over swelling seas the old type of sail boat comes winging out of the past on full and spreading sails in the splendid marines of T. V. C. Valenkamph. So faithfully are they painted that those who know can tell if they be barque, brigantine or ship, for never a detail is missing. They are not, however, mere studies of old time sailing craft but strong and beautiful pictures by a man who knows the sea as only a sailor can.

– Vose Galleries

John Austin Sands Monks (1850-1917) Sold

“Leading the Flock”, 20×16, oil
John Austin Sands Monks was born on November 7, 1850 in Cold Spring, New York and died in Chicago, Illinois in March of 1917. A painter and etcher of landscapes and animals, with sheep, which he also raised, considered to be his specialty. He studied etching with George Nelson Cass (1831-1882) and painting with George Inness (1825-1894).

From 1804 to 1909, Monks exhibited over seventy oils, watercolors, and etchings with the Boston Art Club. While exhibiting there, Monks is listed as living in New York in 1884 and 1885 and in Massachusetts from 1886 to 1907.

Member – Boston Art Club, Copley Society, New York Etching Club, New York Etching Club
Collections – Boston Museum of Fine Art, Parrish Museum
Exhibited – American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club, and the New York Etching Club

Alice Ruggles Sohier (1880-1969)

“Peace – Day Dream”, 30×25, oil, 1913
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Alice Sohier was born in Concord, MA. From 1921, for all but the last two years, she lived at her home in Concord called the Wright Farm. She studied at the Buffalo Art Student League and Boston Museum of Fine Arts School under Edmund Tarbell and Frank Benson. She traveled and studied in Europe, keeping a studio in Paris, having received the two year Paige Traveling Scholarship. Criticized during her lifetime by suffragettes for not breaking away from her male teachers in either subject or style, she continued


Member – Boston Gild of Artists, Concord Art Association

Exhibited – Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Detroit, Panama Pacific Expo San Francisco(bronze)

Posthumous Exhibitions – 1992 Butler Institute of American Art, 2000 Portsmouth (New Hampshire) Athenaeum, 2001 Guild of Boston Artists “A Woman’s Perspective”.
“The most surprising work on view is Alice Ruggles Sohier’s “Nude, Back View,” which also illustrates the catalog cover. Rather than being an erotic nude, this work superbly captures the play of light and shadow over skin. A second Sohier painting on display, “Old Rose and Black Lace,” portrays a young woman with a black lace veil that indicates mourning. The sitter’s downcast eyes suggest grieving reflection. She wears a shimmering deep rose blouse. In recent years, Sohier’s work has been relatively obscure. For example, she is not mentioned in the MFA catalog for the exhibition “A Studio of Her Own.” Yet, these two strong works indicate a woman having both substantial technical skills and the confidence to attempt difficult subjects.” – Bob Jackman, “Art and Antiques”

Collections – State House, Boston, Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Metropolitan Opera House, NYC



Sydney Richmond Burleigh (1853-1951)

“Marshlands”, 11×15, watercolor
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Sidney Richmond Burleigh was born in the coastal town of Little Compton, Rhode Island. Around 1878 he traveled to Europe, studying painting in Paris with Jean-Paul Laurens and traveling throughout the continent and working briefly in Italy. Burleigh returned to Providence in 1880 to a studio he had established in 1876. Painter, illustrator, craftsman, and architect, Sydney Burleigh was a colorful and prominent figure in Rhode Island art circles. He was a founder of the Providence Art Club (1880-1929) and served as the first president of the Providence Watercolor Club (1896). Although he also worked in oils, he is best known for his outstanding work in watercolour. He taught watercolour at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1897-1906 where he was also a board member. His 1885 studio in Providence which he designed to echo the half-timbered buildings of Chester, England remains a very visible landmark of the Arts and Crafts Movement

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He exhibited during the late 19th- and early 20th century at the Boston Art Club as well as the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Newport Art Museum.

His work has been collected by Brown University, the State of Rhode Island, Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island School of Design.

Member – New York Watercolor Club, American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club, Art Workers Guild

Exhibited – St. Lewis Expo 1904, Buffalo Society of Artists

Henry D’Arcy Hart (1866-1938)

“Anemones”, 12×10, oil
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Henry D’Arcy Hart was a lawyer who painted flowers on the side until he gave up law to paint flowers full-time.

John Huliston (19th/20th)

“Pasture oak”, 22×17, oil
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Joseph Henry Boston (1860-1954)

“Palisades”, 25×30, oil
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Joseph H. Boston, a painter noted for society portraits as well as landscape and genre scenes. He was born in 1860 in Bridgeport, Connecticut and spent much of his career in New York where he was a member of the National Academy of Design, Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America and the National Arts Club. He was an instructor at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences and did much painting in the Hudson River Valley and Adirondack Mountains..


His early art training was at the National Academy of Design School, which he attended for five semesters. He first exhibited there in 1884, and his work was represented in 58 of the Academy’s exhibitions. Boston won a bronze medal at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901. In Brooklyn in 1902-03, he joined with William S. Barrett and other artists in the group called “The Brooklyn Ten”, later called “The Society of Brooklyn Painters”. These painters developed the Brooklyn New School of Art. Source: John Davis, “Joseph H. Boston”, Paintings and Sculptures in the Collection of the National Academy of Design, David Dearinger, Editor Member – National Academy of Design, Society of American Artists, Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America, National Arts Club Exhibited – Pan American Exhibition 1901, Brooklyn Institute of Art

William Crothers Fitler (1851-1915) Sold

“Sunset”, 12×16, oil
William Crothers Fitler was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He was a tonalist landscape painter and most of his works depict views of New York, Connecticut or Long Island. Member – Salmagundi Club, New York Watercolor Club, Brooklyn Art Association, Artists Fund Society and New York Municipal Art Society Exhibited – National Academy (1880-1907), Brooklyn Art Club (1881-1886), Boston Art Club (181-1908), Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (1879-1898), Art Institute of Chicago (1889 – 1911)

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