Payne Fine Arts

Lemuel D. Eldred

Harbor scene, title unknown


Signature, plate, l.l.

edition unknown

4 1/4 x 7 7/8 inches (image)

9 1/2 x 11 7/8 inches (paper)




American marine painter-etcher Lemuel D. Eldred (1848-1921) was a native of Fairhaven, Massachusetts. His life is something of a mystery, though it is known he studied in Europe, including at the Académie Julian in Paris. He lived in Boston and exhibited there and at the National Academy. His work is represented in the Peabody Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, the Old Dartmouth Historical Society and the Kendall Whaling Museum. His work bears similarities to that of the Hudson River school. He painted scenes of the harbor at Boston, the seacoast in Maine and New York and Venetian views. He often painted with his friend and colleague William Bradford (1823-1892). Eldred was also represented in The American Art Review. This etching closely resembles a large painting, titled "Harbor Scene," that sold at the Skinner auction house in 2005 for $34,000.