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Landscape, New York State, Tarrytown Lighthouse, Hudson River, View, James Hulme, Vintage Watercolor, 1950s


James Sanford Hulme (1900-1974)
Light House, Tarrytown, Hudson River
American: c. Early 1950s
Watercolor on paper
Signed lower left; signed and titled verso
13.5 x 19 inches, image
15 x 20 inches, overall

Watercolor landscape painting of the Tarrytown Light, also known as the Sleepy Hollow Light or Kingsland Point Light, a lighthouse on the Hudson River in the Village of Sleepy Hollow, formerly North Tarrytown, New York. Painted in fluid washes with a predominately blue palette, the painting shows the five-story “sparkplug” form lighthouse and its surrounding rocks in the foreground framed by the low mountain on the opposite shore. The red base of the lighthouse is reflected in the water in front of it. Boats and barges pass in the distance. A view of the lighthouse today with the mountain behind it would also include the Tappan Zee Bridge, which crosses the Hudson and opened at the end of 1955. Therefore, this work presumably was painted before the bridge was built.

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The Tarrytown Light was built in 1883, just off the riverbank near Kingsland Point. The construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge in 1955, and the extension of the banks by General Motors for its truck assembly plant a few years later, made the lighthouse obsolete. It was deactivated in 1961 and turned into a museum during the 1970s by the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Today, it can be viewed from Kingsland Point Park on the banks of the river.

James Sanford Hulme was an American painter, printmaker and illustrator, best known for his landscape and city scenes. Born in Oklahoma, he graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied under Elmer Forsberg whom he cited as a mentor. He also studied etching and lithography at Grand Central Art School in New York, under George Bellows and Joseph Pennell. He served on the faculty of the Art Institute, then worked for many years as an illustrator in New York City, for magazines such as MacFadden, Boy’s Life, People’s Home Journal and Liberty Magazine. He also did technical illustrations, including drawings for NASA and the Apollo space program. He spent the last 35 years of his life in White Plains, New York, where he made paintings and silkscreens of Westchester County. He was especially interested in local landmarks that he worked to preserve. He was a member of several artist associations and exhibited widely, at the American Watercolor Society, Riverside Museum, New York Public Library, Philadelphia Watercolor Society and Art Institute of Chicago. He also was a regular participant in the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit.

Inscription verso in pen in artist’s hand: “Title ‘Light House, Tarrytown, Hudson River.’ Medium: Water Colour. Artist: James Sanford Hulme (All Rights Reserved.)”

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light toning, fading, wear, cockling, soft creases. Faint mat toning in outer margin, can be rematted to cover it.


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