Fellow Hudson River school artists Jervis McEntee, along with Robert Ferguson Weir, Worthington Whittredge and Richard William Hubbard carried Gifford's casket to the cemetery. McEntee writes about it in his diaries: "As I came home in the twilight, I looked at the beautiful mountains where we had been so much together and which glorify so many of his canvases."

Announcing the Discovery of the Grave of Hudson River School Artist Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880)

We are pleased to announce the discovery in Hudson, NY of the grave of the important 19th-century American landscape artist Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880). Neglected and untended for decades, the Gifford family plot includes 20 graves. The artist is buried alongside his wife Mary on a hillside in the oldest portion of the beautiful Cedar Park cemetery. A restoration plan has been formulated, a professional mason has been engaged to repair and re-set the stones, and the site will be open for viewing in the Summer of 2011.

This project is a collective endeavor by American painting dealer Peter Jung, art historian Alexandra Polemis, and art enthusiast Paul Stein. Donations large and small to support the effort are welcome. Preliminary estimates indicate that expenses for this project will fall into the $10,000-$15,000 range.

If you would like to be supportive, checks may be written to Historic Hudson/Gifford's Grave, and sent to: Peter Jung, 512 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534. Your contribution is tax-deductible and much appreciated. You may also contribute via PayPal by clicking on the 'Donate' button at left. Donors of $1,000 or more will be acknowledged on this website and on a plaque at the Gifford site, if so desired.

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peter said...

Great website ! I look forward to the photos....

Phil Haber said...

Very interesting. I love the examples of Gifford's paintings which you posted, and particularly his use of soft light and mist. Thanks for your comment on my blog.