Thomas Campbell (Tennessee, 1834-1941), "Hunting Camp, Tennessee," oil on canvas painting depicting two figures walking along a path in a forest, towards a camp set up at the edge of a river. Other figures are visible, engaged in various activities at the water's edge; one appears to hold a rifle. Signed "T. Campbell" lower right. Titled in pencil en verso, along with other faint pencil inscriptions relating to previous owners (possibly John and Blanche Barnaby). Stained wood frame with gilt and molded edges. Canvas - 16 3/4" x 10 1/2". Frame - 19" x 13". 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 to 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.
Overall very good condition. One area of retouching in upper right corner, visible under UV light inspection. Four tiny flakes lower left quadrant, in grass. Two areas of scratching, 1/2" and 1" lower right quadrant, along path. Some stretcher creases along top edge.
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Private Middle Tennessee collection.