Ever So Faithful: The Paintings of Edward L. Custer (1837-1881)

Edward Custer

EDWARD L. CUSTER (1837-1881) River Valley, New Hampshire Oil on canvas 12 x 15 1/8 inches Signed at lower left, inscribed with title on stretcher

Ever So Faithful

Ever so Faithful is not only the first solo exhibition of Edward L. Custer's works, but it is also one of the first exhibits to introduce a new voice of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in America. The botanical accuracy of native flora in the artist's mountain vistas and distant city panoramas recalls the draftsmanship of such artists as Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900)—exemplified in such works as Burdock Plants Beside a Fence. Featured most predominantly in the exhibition are Custer's enriched scenes of New Hampshire's White Mountains, as well as oil paintings of his summer sketching trips to Italy. While Custer's landscape views of Albano are a testament to his European training and development as a painter, his New England scenes— such as Waterfall on Mill Brook; River Valley, NH; and Coastal Landscape—convey his finely attuned skill in rendering the American landscape with a penetrating realism befitting of the American Pre-Raphaelite painters. The group, which emerged in the early 1860s to champion site-specific documentation and truthfulness in representation, cultivated a hybridity of still life and landscape that stylistically distinguished them from the American artists of the previous half-century, as well as their English counterparts.

Edward Custer

EDWARD L. CUSTER (1837-1881) Burdock Plants Beside a Fence Oil on board 6 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches Signed at lower left

Edward Custer

EDWARD L. CUSTER (1837-1881) Waterfall on Mill Brook, NH Oil on canvas 13 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches Signed at lower right

Edward Custer

EDWARD L. CUSTER (1837-1881) New England Coastal Landscape Oil on canvas 10 3/4 x 16 1/8 inches Signed at lower right

Edward Custer

EDWARD L. CUSTER Towards Mount Moosilauke, Lyme, NH Oil on canvas 9 1/8 x 15 1/8 inches Signed at lower left

Edward Custer

EDWARD L. CUSTER (1837-1881) Italian Villa with View Toward Albano Oil on canvas mounted to board 6 3/8 x 15 1/2 inches Signed at lower right

Edward Custer

EDWARD L. CUSTER (1837-1881) The Old Gate, Albano, Italy Oil on canvas 15 1/8 x 12 1/8 inches

Edward Custer

EDWARD L. CUSTER (1837-1881) Waterfall and Fisherman, 1861 Oil on canvas 12 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches Signed and dated 1861 at lower center Sold

Edward Custer

EDWARD L. CUSTER (1837-1881) Castrum Pfronten, after W. H. Bartlett, 1858 Oil on canvas 12 1/8 x 16 1/8 inches Signed at lower left

Edward Custer

EDWARD L. CUSTER (1837-1881) Kindli on Lake Lucerne Oil on canvas 12 1/8 x 21 inches Signed lower right

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