Ransome Gillett Holdridge Landscape Painting - Russian River Scene, Sonoma County
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Ransome Gillett Holdridge
Russian River Scene, Sonoma County

circa 1880

About

Born in New York City in 1836, Ransome Holdredge came to California via the Isthmus of Panama in 1858 and worked as a draftsman at the Mare Island Naval Yard. His paintings of the 1860s and early 1870s were signed "Holdridge" and were done in the realistic style of the Hudson River School. During this period he maintained a studio in San Francisco's Donahoe-Kelly Bank Bldg and exhibited locally. In 1874 he and Hiram Bloomer held a joint sale of their paintings to finance European studies. He left in that year and spent about two years studying in France. His obituary states that he was a field artist for Scribner's publications and was with Major Reno's troops at the time of the Custer massacre in 1876. After his studies in France, he returned to San Francisco with a distinctly different style. Paintings done after that time show the influence of the Barbizon School and were signed "Holdredge." His works were in great demand during his lifetime, received rave reviews by the local press, and were often considered superior to those done by William Keith. Holdredge traveled extensively throughout the Northwest, Southwest, the Rockies and western Canada, often living for long periods of time among the various Indian tribes. Due to his malnutrition and alcoholism, his paintings done during the latter part of his life were not of good quality. Like his friend Jules Tavernier, he made considerable money as an artist but did not manage his money well. He died penniless at the Alameda County (CA) Infirmary in April 1899 and was buried at public expense. ASSOCIATIONS San Francisco Art Association (cofounder) Bohemian Club EXHIBITIONS California State Fair, 1881-83 Mechanics' Institute (SF), 1868, 1880, 1886 COLLECTIONS Bohemian Club Oakland Museum Society of California Pioneers Orange County Museum California Historical Society Nevada Museum (Reno) Bancroft Library (UC Berkeley) Crocker Museum (Sacramento) Oregon Historical Society Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940" California State Library (Sacramento); Artists of the American West (Samuels); American Western Art (Harmsen); The West as Art; History & Ideals of American Art (Neuhaus); California Landscape Painting 1860-1885; SF Call, 4-16-1899 (obituary).

Details

  • Artist
    Ransome Gillett Holdridge (1836 - 1899, American)
  • Creation Year
    circa 1880
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 20 in. x W 36 in.H 50.8 cm x W 91.44 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Graton, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU31021867623
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