Arthur Parton 1842-1914

Anglers on a River Sunset

  • 7 x 14 inches (17.8 x 35.6 cm)
  • Signed and dated lower left: Arthur Parton '70
  • 1870

Why We Love It

Although he is among the lesser-known artists of the Hudson River School, Arthur Parton studied with William Trost Richards and this glowing Luminist landscape demonstrates his consummate mastery over the techniques of this style. In this gem-like painting, Parton deftly renders the dramatic light effects of the sun setting over this quiet river scene.


The Value

We have always advised our clients to buy the best of what they can afford. If a client could only acquire a work by a lesser-known artist, then we encouraged that client to buy that artist’s best painting. This work by Arthur Parton demonstrates our thinking. It is a wonderful example of American Luminism, deftly painted, beautifully framed. It is truly a gem, and here, Parton holds his own against many of the better known practitioners of the style.

Artist Background

1842: Born in Hudson, New York; 1862: Exhibited in Philadelphia; 1865: Settled in New York City and became well-established in the art world there; 1869: Spent the year traveling in Europe; 1871: Elected as an Associate Member of the National Academy of Design; 1884: Became a full Academician at the NAD; 1886; Received a Gold Medal of the American Art Association and the Temple Medal from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; 1900: Won a prize at the Paris Exposition; 1904: Won a prize at the St. Louis Exposition; 1914: Died at the age of 71.