Prodigy Acclaimed by Frederic Church and John Kensett - Only three known paintings extant.
In 1864, when he died at the age of twenty-two in the notorious Civil War prison at Andersonville, Georgia, John S. Jameson was already widely admired for his artistic and musical talents. Frederic Church had praised and befriended him; John F. Kensett honored him posthumously. Throughout his brief life, Jameson was surrounded by accomplished artists from whom he received praise and support.
"Of all the younger Artists whose personal acquaintance I have made, and whose works and characteristics of mind and heart came to my observation, no one has interested me so much as your son, or held out better grounded hopes of future high excellence." Frederic Edwin Church, in a letter to Rachel Jameson, April 24, 1867.
Jameson met Frederic Edwin Church at his studio sometime prior to 1859, when Church was at work on "Heart of the Andes". He was an early member of the Artists' Fund Society and painted at the Tenth Street Studio in New York City, alongside such artists as Church, Sanford F. Gifford and Worthington Wittredge. He exhibited at the Artists' Fund Society First Annual Exhibition in 1860 and 1862 and at the 1861 Annual Exhibition at the National Academy of Design. There can be no question that Jameson was exhibiting and painting with the best of the New York artists.
Few works by Jameson are known to exist: "Landscape with Rivers and Barns", c. 1860, is in the Collection of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Olana State Historic Site. Two other oils on canvas, "Mountain Landscape", c. 1861 and Saranac Waters", 1863, are in private hands. (Mountain Landscape" was last sold in 2006 as "Landscape with Mountain Lake".)
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