This oil on canvas by Hamilton Hamilton had never been cleaned or restored, and its appearance was starting to show this. A mold and fungus invasion, very dry paint film, and old and yellowed varnish were just some of complications that we were able to cure with our restoration.
English born, Hamilton Hamilton (1847 – 1928), emigrated to Cowlesville, New York as a young child. To a great extent he was self-taught, but he would make a number of trips to Europe where he studied in Paris and in Brittany. In 1881, he moved to New York City and rented a place at Sherwood Studios on West 57th street. His friends at the time included some of the biggest names of the Hudson River School: Thomas Moran, Robert Blum, Winslow Homer, William Merritt Chase and Birge Harrison. Due to ill health, in 1910, he moved to California, where his art palette adopted lighter tones.