Item #AT-0472

Nelson Augustus Moore (1824 - 1902) "Winter's Peace" Oil on Canvas


Nelson Augustus Moore (1824 - 1902) "Winter's Peace" Oil on Canvas
Signed lower right


Riverside CT Estate, Shannon's Auction
Private Collection NJ




14" x 24" W


24" x 34" W and 4 inches deep.

Nelson Augustus Moore was born August 2, 1824, at Kensington (Conn.), studied under Thomas Cummings and Daniel Huntington in NYC and spent most of his life in Kensington. He returned to Connecticut in the fall of 1850 and taught drawing at the New Britain Normal School for several years. During this period Moore also learned photography and in 1854 he opened his own successful daguerreotype business in Hartford. Despite the interesting and sometimes famous sitters that graced his studio for the next decade, Moore longed to resume his painting full-time, and finally did so around 1864, leaving the shop to his brother and partner Roswell. In his later years he specialized in landscapes. He died in 1902.

Moore, though sharing the feeling and impetus of his contemporaries, felt no need to travel vast distances in search of evermore grandiose, spectacular vistas. He took a particular delight in the peaceful harmony of the local American countryside. Exploring the myriad seasons and moods of his native New England, he celebrated the understated, humble charm of his own back yard. A member of the Hudson River School at heart, Moore remained untouched by its more dramatic interpretations, crafting instead works that were local, personal, honest American, and humble.

Having never traveled abroad, Moore’s work is entirely American and celebrates the harmonious, unspoiled views of his homeland. He exhibited at the National Academy, the Brooklyn Art Association, Macbeth Galleries in New York and the New Britain Institute in New Britain, Connecticut, and his work is in the permanent collections of prominent Connecticut museums such as the William Benton Museum of Art and the Mattatuck Museum. Vose Galleries has held three exhibitions of Moore’s work in 1966, 1971 and 1991.

References: See Who Was Who In American Art (1999); Nelson Augustus Moore (Moore Picture Trust, 1994). Vose Gallery.