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19th Century Fine Art Legacy

19th Century Fine Art Legacy

The land upon which the Barclay house is built was part of a larger land grant given to Colonel Hugh Barclay by William Penn. Hugh Barclay, who served during the Revolutionary War, was Bedford’s first Post Master and patriarch of the Barclay family. The Barclay family rose to prominence in Bedford in the century following the war.

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The Perfect 19th Century Paintings for Your Home

The Perfect 19th Century Paintings for Your Home

Rare. Beautiful. Enchanting. Create a nexus within your home--stunning 19th-century artwork that can complement the color, pattern, texture and design of your home for the next level of self-expression. Modern and vintage homes will capture a bit of the wonderful nostalgia of the past by incorporating carefully selected paintings.

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Geology and Landscape Art in 19th Century America

Geology and Landscape Art in 19th Century America

America was perceived as a somewhat cultural wasteland in the 18th and 19th centuries; however, a number of expeditions that began with Lewis and Clark (1804) pierced the interior of the vast "New World" changed all that.

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Featured Artist - Harry Herman Roseland

Featured Artist - Harry Herman Roseland

I never promised you a rose garden! These words were uttered by 19th Century Brooklyn, NY painter Harry Roseland when a patron, who had commissioned a painting from him, was apparently disappointed that the finished landscape was devoid of flowers.

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Geology and Landscape Art in 19th Century America

Featured Artist - Barton Stone Hays

Barton Stone Hays was born in Greenville, Ohio on April 5 1826. He was self-taught and was known, first for his portrait paintings, and later for his landscape and still life paintings.

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Location. Location. Location.

Location. Location. Location.

For approximately 250 years, Bedford has been a welcome stopping place for travelers. Presidents and soldiers, Indian traders and the first colonists of the west, all paused here.

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Bedford Fine Art Gallery

Destination

The Bedford Fine Art Gallery is "The Destination" not just an attraction along the way. The artworks presented in the Gallery are period originals, not copies, prints or other modes of imitation that exemplify the skill of the original artist, not that of the machine, which is a mere mechanical copyist.

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Featured Artists: James Reid Lambdin and George Cochran Lambdin

Bedford Fine Art Gallery Featured Artists: James Reid Lambdin and George Cochran Lambdin James Reid Lambdin was born May 10, 1807 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to James Lambdin, a carpenter from Kent County, Maryland and Prudence Harrison, a relative of William Henry Harrison (ninth President of the United States). At 15, Lambdin embarked on his art career, traveling to Philadelphia where he studied with miniaturist, Edward Miles and portraitist, Thomas Sully.

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What's on your wall?

A number of questions are asked in this article. It started with the title, “what’s on your wall”. It is not just a hokey takeoff of a popular credit card commercial, but a serious question. Your house is probably the biggest single purchase you will ever make.

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19th Century Frames - The Perfect Compliment

A picture is worth a thousand words, so the saying goes. What about the frame? Why do we surround our paintings with frames? Simply put, to provide a silent, but very present, accolade to the painting. What better compliment than to surround it with a stunning, but not overpowering accessory.

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Featured Artist - John Ross Key

Key was born in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1832 to Philip Barton Key, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, and Ellen Swan Key. In 1859, when he was 21 years old, his father was killed in cold blood by Daniel Sickles, then a U.S. House of Representatives from the State of New York and later a Union General during the American Civil War.

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An Introduction to Art Movements of the 19th century

The art of painting is very old and dates to the earliest civilizations. Although each civilization developed its own art, art as we know it today has as its inception with the fifteenth-century Italian Renaissance artists. The evolution of art to the various aesthetics that developed throughout the nineteenth-century is too extensive a subject for complete discussion here. This article is a general discussion of art movements [and schools] roughly between 1800 up to before the start of World War I.

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How to Conserve, Restore, and Maintain 19th Century Paintings

How to Conserve, Restore, and Maintain 19th Century Paintings

The first thing to remember is DO NOT TRY TO MAKE EVEN THE SMALLEST REPAIRS OR FIXES ON YOUR OWN! I see that I've gotten your attention. I cannot emphasize this enough—making repairs on your own will likely result in greater damage, perhaps even irreparable damage. This article provides you with some general guidance on how to examine a painting to identify potential problems.

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FEATURED ARTIST – ALBERT FRANCIS KING

FEATURED ARTIST – ALBERT FRANCIS KING

King was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was recognized as Pittsburgh's primary still-life painter during the 19th century. His still-life compositions included, fruit (especially watermelons), vegetables and fish depicting meal preparation, similar to those by Jean-Bapiste-Simeon Chardin, the great 18th century French still-life painter. Although known for his still-lifes, he was more in demand as a portrait painter by the city's bank presidents and business officials.

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FEATURED ARTIST – JOHN HENTRY DOLPH

FEATURED ARTIST – JOHN HENTRY DOLPH

He was born in Fort Ann, New York; but, his father moved the family to Ashtabula County, Ohio, after the death of his mother in 1841. As a youth, he generated income by doing decorative painting on coaches and carriages. He eventually made his way to Cleveland where he studied with Allen Smith, a prominent portrait painter.

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FEATURED ARTIST – JOHN HENTRY DOLPH

HOW OWNING 19TH CENTURY PAINTINGS CAN MAKE YOU HAPPY

It just does. Well yes, but there is a bit more to it than that. You are in charge of your own happiness and if you have art on your walls it's there for a reason. You liked it, you bought, and you were happy that you did.

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GEORGE HETZEL AND THE 19th CENTURY SCALP LEVEL SCHOOL

GEORGE HETZEL AND THE 19th CENTURY SCALP LEVEL SCHOOL

What drew Pittsburgh artist, George Hetzel (1826 – 1899) to Scalp Level, a small village at the confluence of the Little Paint Creek with Paint Creek in 1866? The artist accepted an invitation from fellow Pittsburgh artist Charles Linford and Pittsburgh lawyer John Hampton to do some mountain fishing (Chew, 1999).

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Art Terms You Should Know, Part 1.

Art Terms You Should Know, Part 1.

When visiting a museum or a retail art gallery, it pays to know the terms that describe what you see and why, perhaps, why you like and don’t like a particular painting. I have summarized and condensed, where appropriate, some important terms here, from Art Terms & Techniques (Mayer, 1991).

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Color and Hue

Color and Hue

There is more to the term "color" than meets the eye. This article will serve as a brief introduction to the topic of paint color.

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Geology and Landscape Art in 19th Century America

Victorian Homes and Fine Art

Each person is unique and stands apart from others; there will never be another “you”…at least for a long, long time. For the time being, you are one of a kind.

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Geology and Landscape Art in 19th Century America

Bedford Fine Art Gallery's Architectural Venue

The Barclay Mansion was built in 1889, during the late Victorian period. Although the house is Victorian in age, it is reminiscent of the Renaissance Classical tradition with Italianate style details.

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Those Smart Victorians

Those Smart Victorians

I read an absolutely fascinating article on the "Victorians"--those people whom everybody thinks they know, but really don’t. First, a short discussion on The Victorian Era. It is associated with the reign of Britain’s Queen Victorian in (reign: from 1837 to 1901).

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Long on Color

Long on Color

In 1871, Samuel P. Long penned “Essay VII, Color” in his book Art: Its Laws and the Reason for Them, Collected, Considered, and Arranged for General and Educational Purposes. Granted, it is a very long title, but an important book on art for the general public that time.

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A Place to paint

a place to paint

Nineteenth century artists typically had to rent quarters which were often usually very spare of furnishing and amenities, such as heat, for example. And since many lacked an excess of funds with which to pay for rent and food, let alone brushes, canvases and paints—a requirement of their accommodations was that they were cheap.

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The Landscape through a Geologist’s Eye

The Landscape through a Geologist’s Eye

Art is a personal experience. You love what you love. I love representational art and I absolutely love landscapes. Why? Perhaps, because as a geologist, I spent most of my career tagging along behind a drill rig over "unimproved" areas of Pennsylvania and adjacent states.

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Art Terms You Should Know, Part 2

Art Terms You Should Know, Part 2

When visiting a museum or a retail art gallery, it pays to know the terms that describe what you see. I have summarized and condensed, where appropriate, some important terms here, from Art Terms & Techniques (Mayer, 1991).

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Art Terms You Should Know, Part 2

Artists Oil Paints in the 19th Century

Mary Louise McLaughlin (1847 – 1939) in her 1888 book, Painting in Oil, states that the art critic is "interested simply in observing how the painted has mastered the technical details of his work."

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Art Lovers' Niche
Art Lover's Niche

Art Lovers' Niche - April 8, 2020

As we all work together right now, we recognize our strong love of family, passion for our hobbies, and the need to persevere in achieving our dreams. "Art Lovers' Niche" serves as your personal concierge to assist you in your journey.

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Art Lover's Niche

Art Lovers' Niche - April 14, 2020

You’ve dedicated yourself to achieving your goals and worked hard throughout your career. You recognize and deserve the very best. Viewing fine art in your home or office, decreases stress levels, increases empathy, raises critical thinking skills, and helps provide relief from mental exhaustion.

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Art Lover's Niche

Art Lovers' Niche - April 24, 2020

When you buy a 19th century painting, you are preserving a small piece of history – that can make you happy.

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Art Lover's Niche

Art Lovers' Niche - May 1, 2020

Mid 19th century artists, for the first time, could now take their oil paints with them in tin tubes to paint the unique beauty and power of nature.

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Art Lover's Niche

Art Lovers' Niche - May 12, 2020

There are many personal reasons people collect fine art. It can be as simple as enjoying the beauty of a unique painting, as it becomes the focal point within your special room.

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Art Lover's Niche

Art Lovers' Niche - May 27, 2020

Once you fall in love with a painting, you can now view the painting on YOUR wall, with the all new custom virtual reality tool on our website.

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Art Lover's Niche

Art Lovers' Niche - june 15, 2020

Albert Francis King was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was recognized as Pittsburgh's primary still-life painter during the 19th century.

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Art Lover's Niche

Art Lovers' Niche - june 29, 2020

The dirty little secret is that all auction houses and almost all galleries do not get their paintings professionally conserved or restored prior to selling them.

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Art Lover's Niche

Art Lovers' Niche - july 20, 2020

Some notable sales to Many Happy Customers.

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Art Lover's Niche

Art Lovers' Niche - August 17, 2020

We sold quite a few paintings recently, so as usual, we have also added some new paintings for your consideration.

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Art Lover's Niche

Art Lovers' Niche - August 31, 2020

In the 1860’s, fellow Pittsburgh artist Charles Linford and prominent Pittsburgh attorney John Hampton took George Hetzel on a fishing trip to the mountainous streams of Scalp Level, Pennsylvania.

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Art Lover's Niche

Art Lovers' Niche - September 14, 2020

We recently sold paintings by Roseland, Turney, Zuckerman, Lasar, Hubacek, Lambdin, Boss, Parker, Linford, and Leavitt.

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