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Title Camp, Preston Ponds
Object Name Painting
Date 1854-1855
Artist Baker, Charles
Medium Oil
Maker Baker, Charles
Material Panel
Description Landscape depicting a camp site at a small pond surrounded by close, steep hills. On the pond, a man sits in a shallow boat, a second man stands on the shore nearby. A low lean-to with bark(?) sides is on the near shore. Painting is 6.5" x 10.5", and is painted to appear as if on paper or cloth which is curling at the top corners.

From exhibition label:
Charles Baker was an amateur landscapist listed in New York City Directories from 1842 through 1862 as a saddler, sliverplater, gunsmith, and importer. He achieved modest success as a painter, exhibiting at the National Academy of Design from 1839 through 1861 and the American Art-Union from 1846 through 1850. His brother Anson Baker Jr. described his paintings as "few in number, scattered principally among friends, his daily avocations affording him but little time to gratify a natural taste for landscape painting, which he possessed in a remarkable degree." In fact, Baker's pictures were in the collections of prominent New York businessmen as well as the artist Jasper F. Cropsey. The titles of his paintings reveal that Baker favored the picturesque wilderness of the Adirondacks, Catskills, the Green Mountains and the White Mountains for his subjects.
Baker was a student, friend, and great admirer of Thomas Cole as well as an owner of his paintings. A Baker painting offered for sale in 1852 was described as "evidently by a student of Cole, and partaking in a great degree of that masters [sic] color." This 1854 painting on panel inscribed on the back "to Edward Lamarche a recollection of a pleasant excursion to the Adirondacks in July 1854" is especially reminiscent of Thomas Cole's coloration and use of trompe l'oiel effects. It is a rare and valuable record of a crude lean to encampment on remote Preston Pond in the central Adirondacks.
Notes Artist File Folder (AML): Gallery listings, articles, correspondence.

Accession File Folder: Accession form, receipt for objects left form, request for purchase form, correspondence, photographs, biographical information, deed of gift.
Dimensions H-10 W-15 D-0.5 inches
Search Terms Preston Ponds
Essex County
lakes and ponds
Catalog Number 2003.057.0001
Other number ptg. #588
Imagefile 082\2003.057.0001.JPG
Species Painting
Owned by Wunderlich, John