James Bisset CROCKART (1885-1974) – ‘Upper Raquette River’, casein

James Bisset CROCKART (1885-1974) – ‘Upper Raquette River’, casein


James Bisset Crockart (Scottish/Canadian, 1885-1974)
‘Upper Raquette River’
casein on board
(Actual): 8” High x 10” Wide
12 ⅛” High x 10 ⅛” Wide


Description: A fine original James Bisset Crockart (1885-1974), casein on board titled ‘Upper Raquette River,’ circa July 1, 1961. Depicted is a view up the Upper Raquette River, Adirondacks, St. Lawrence County, New York; the rocky section of the shallow river is flanked by rolling green embankments, a view of the forested range can be seen in the distance with clear blue skies overhead.

Notes: Likely painted en plein air, Crockart thoroughly exhibits an understanding of composition and light with considerable technical curiosity and acumen.

Markings: signed lower right, “James Crockart”; titled, dated and signed in pencil verso, “Casein Sketch” / “Upper Raquette River” / “July 1 1961” / “James Crockart”; inscribed in pencil lower left verso, “FROM” / “DAVID SHANNON” / “MONTREAL – QUE”

(Actual): 8” High x 10” Wide
(Framed): 12 ⅛” High x 10 ⅛” Wide

Condition: Excellent – Ready for Display.

Artist Biography: James Bisset Crockart (Scotland / Canada, 1885-1974). Crockart studied at the Glasgow School of Art and worked as an architect under Charles R. Ashbee. After emigrating to Canada he worked as an assistant to Saxe & Archibald, Montreal, then partnered with Robert M Thompson (Thompson & Crockart) in Saskatoon. After WWI Crockart worked as a commercial artist and pursued an independent studio career. A member of the Beaver Hall Group Crockart is known for plein air landscapes. (Source: Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada 1800-1950)


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