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Early American Paintings · James D. Smillie

James D. Smillie (1833-1909)
Rough Sport In The Yosemite circa 1875
(Sentinel Rock from Leidig Meadow)
24 1/4" x 20 1/8" oil/canvas
signed lower left "J.D. Smillie"


  • (1876) National Academy of Design, New York, 1876, no. 302
    (as Rough Sport in the Yosemite Valley)
  • (1877) Inter-State Industrial Exposition, Chicago, 1877, no.49
    (as Rough Sport in the Yosemite )
  • (1878) Utica Art Association, New York, 1878, no.100
    (as Rough Sport in the Yo Semite)
  • (1879) Seventh Cincinnati Industrial Exhibition, 1879, no.145
    (as Rough Sport in the Yosemite )

Related works in oil:

  • (1871) The Yosemite Valley #1, Sketch for Large Picture, 1871, oil on canvas, 12 x 22 inches (formerly with Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York)
  • (1877) Western Horseman, 1877, 12 x 16 inches (formerly with Kennedy Galleries, New York) 

Related works in watercolor:

  • (ca.1873) Scene in Yosemite—Horse Raceing [sic] (exhibited at the American Watercolor Society in 1873; location unknown)
  • (ca.1876) A Scrub-Race on the Western Plains, 21 x 56 inches (exhibited at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition and American Watercolor Society in 1876; location unknown)
  • (1883) Rough Sport in the Yosemite, 1883, 9 x 15 1/8 inches ( Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Maxim Karolik Collection)
  • (1886) Rough Sport in the Yosemite, American Watercolor Society Exhibition, no.117 (possibly the same painting as the MFA Boston watercolor)

Related works as etchings:

  • (1872) Horse-Racing, an illustration in William Cullen Bryant, ed., Picturesque America: Or, The Land We Live In (New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1872), p.313
  • (1876) A Scrub-Race on the Plains, an illustration in Harper's Weekly, March 4, 1876 , p.184
  • (1882) Rough Sport in Yo-Semite, 1882, etching on paper, 4 ½ x 6 ¾ inches
  • (1885) Rough Sport in the Yosemite (a fragment), 1885, Commissioned by the New York Etching Club for their 1886 exhibition catalog, etching on paper, 3 1/8 x 5 inches
  • (1886) Rough Sport in the Yosemite, 1886, etching on paper, 10 x 15 3/4 inches


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