Frank Anderson (1844-1891)
- Frank Anderson (1844-1891)
- Cedars in the Hudson River Valley
- Oil on canvas mounted on masonite
- 9 x 12 Inches
- Estate of the Artist
In July of 1879, a writer for The Art Critic declared that Frank Anderson was, “without doubt one of the best Hudson River scenery painters.” Born in Mt. Sterling, Ohio, on January 2, 1844, his artistic gifts manifested themselves at a very early age. The History of Peekskill records the following:
Almost at infancy, he developed a liking for the pencil and in his first school days frequently got in trouble with his teacher by attracting the attention of other pupils with the pictures he would make on his slate. He began the use of watercolors when very young .... Without any special instructor, but by perseverance, diligence and observation, he produced pictures as a boy that commanded notice. When he was eighteen years of age, his family moved to Peekskill in 1862. There was not a beautiful prospect for miles around Peekskill that was unknown to Mr. Anderson, and many of his sketches are now becoming of historic interest. He became well known in art circles and was a regular and welcome contributor to the annual exhibitions of the Academy of Design. The metropolitan art critics gave his works the highest commendation.