Frederick Judd Waugh 1861-1940

Jersey City, Waterfront

  • 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches (14 x 16.5 cm)
  • Oil on board
  • Signed lower right: Waugh. Inscribed on verso: Oil Sketch by Frederick J. Waugh. Place, Jersey City and New York Shorefronts. Time: Winter, 1907-08. The artist was living at Elizabeth, N.J. Authenticated by: Coulton Waugh [signature]
  • c. 1907-08

Why We Love It

Waugh is known for his majestic seascapes, which depict the powerful movement of the sea as the waves crash into one another. However, he also produced numerous small sketches such as this one, which he probably painted while riding the ferry from New Jersey to New York. With dexterous brushwork and a keen sensitivity to light, Waugh captures the very essence of this scene and presents it with movement and dynamism.

The Value

We purchased this painting along with two other similar studies, all of which are framed identically. Separately or as set, these charming paintings would make excellent additions to any collection.

Artist Background

1861: Born in Bordentown, New Jersey; 1880-83: Studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins; 1883-85: Studied at the Academic Julian in Paris; 1885: Returned to Philadelphia and painted portraits and landscapes, while also doing commercial work for the firm of Dakin and Petrie; 1892: Married Clara Eugenie Bunn and embarked on a fifteen-year sojourn in Europe; 1907: Returned to the United States; 1911: Elected to the NAD; 1929: Won the Palmer Memorial Marine Prize at the NAD; 1940: Died in Provincetown, Massachusetts.