Two (2) Thomas Campbell (Tennessee, 1834-1941) oil on board landscapes.1st item: Oil on composition board East Tennessee landscape painting, unsigned, depicting a grouping of chickens and a rooster in a barnyard setting. Back signed "E. E. Quist". Label en verso from Andrew Hurst, dated 1991, detailing the cleaning of this painting and touch-ups to the frame. Lower stretcher en verso reads, "Back signed E.E. Quist". (Following Campbell's death his daughter Elizabeth Quist "finished" many of his paintings). Housed in an older carved gilt frame and carved gilt filet. Sight: 2" H x 7 3/4" W. Framed: 6 1/2" H x 12" W. 2nd item: Oil on composite board English landscape titled en verso "A bit of rural England, Lake Regions", depicting a wooden bridge over a river with green foliage and trees on each river bank. Signed lower right "T. Campbell." Titled with additional script en verso. Verso also with a business card of a painting conservator who cleaned the painting in 1994. Housed in a patterned and ebonized wood frame. Sight: 5 3/8" H x 8 5/16" W. Framed: 7 5/8" H x 10 3/4" W. Housed in an older carved gilt frame and carved gilt filet. 1991 conservation report en verso. Biography: Painting was a second career for Thomas Campbell, who immigrated to the United States at age 19, and was ordained as a minister in 1866. He and his family moved to East Tennessee in hopes a climate change would improve the health of his wife, Susan, but she died in 1892. At that point Campbell retired from the ministry and turned art, which had been his hobby, into his job. He founded the art department at Maryville College in 1902 and headed it until his death. His paintings were exhibited regionally and won several prizes and medals. He was also active in the Nicholson Art League and was a talented wood carver who produced picture frames and small pieces of furniture.
Both paintings are in overall very good condition and have been conserved and/or cleaned with conservation information en verso.
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