In The Exhibition Gallery at Boscobel

Every Kind of a Painter: Thomas Prichard Rossiter (1818-1871)
August 2 – November 29, 2015

Picnic on the Hudson by Thomas Prichard Rossiter

Thomas Prichard Rossiter, A Picnic on the Hudson, 1863, Collection of the Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library.

For its 2015 exhibition season, Boscobel House and Gardens will host Every Kind of a Painter: Thomas Prichard Rossiter (1818-1871).  This will be the first retrospective of the work of an important American artist long overdue for reappraisal. Rossiter was a peer and friend to many better-known Hudson River School contemporaries such as John Frederick Kensett, Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand. Rather than limit himself to landscapes, Rossiter painted a diverse range of subjects. Approximately 25 paintings and works on paper from public and private collections will demonstrate the deftness with which he approached portraits, landscapes, genre scenes and history paintings. Particular attention will be given to the years that he spent in Europe, as well as Connecticut, New York City and the Hudson Valley.


Boscobel is the ideal venue for this exhibition, as Rossiter’s own house (still privately owned) survives just north of the museum. The exhibition is being organized in consultation with the distinguished art historian Bruce Weber, The Museum of the City of New York’s Curator of Paintings and Sculpture. The 65-page fully illustrated catalogue will feature an extensive essay by Dr. Weber who describes Rossiter as “an ambitious, earnest, and engrossing artist, who spent his life stretching his abilities and seeking to move American art forward.” The exhibition and catalogue will be Boscobel’s most ambitious to date. They will delight and inform viewers, celebrate the artistic significance and history of the Hudson River Valley and serve as a lasting reference about an American artist who helped create a national aesthetic identity.


The exhibition will be open during regular museum hours August 2 through November 29, 2015 and is included with admission to the house or grounds.

Rossiter Portrait R

Thomas Prichard Rossiter, Detail of Self-Portrait (unfinished), c. 1852, oil on canvas. Collection of Polly and Greg, lent in memory of Betty and Gordon Rossiter



Rossiter catalogue cover_lores

The exhibition catalogue
is underwritten by a grant from Furthermore: A program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund
and is available for purchase on site in the Boscobel Gift Shop or by contacting Renate Smoller at logo xl

C O M I N G  S O O N

July 17 2015

Boscobel Sculpture Garden: Artists of the Hudson River School

By Greg Wyatt

 Donated to Boscobel by the Newington-Cropsey Foundation

Boscobel is showcasing a permanent art installation celebrating the leading members of the Hudson River School of art. The school was not a place, but a mid-19th century movement invented by artists whose aesthetic vision was inspired by the Hudson River and its Highlands, both of which surround and showcase Boscobel.

The artists represented in this garden supported the promotion and preservation of the extraordinary natural beauty of our unique landscape. The Artists Garden will feature ten cast-bronze portrait busts mounted on pedestals with informative plaques all arranged in a landscaped setting.

 Targeted completion date for Phase 1: September 1, 2015


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