Meadows Near Hartford, 1915

James Goodwin McManus

Oil on board

10 x 13.5 in.

Signed, dated lower right and located on verso


James Goodwin McManus


James Goodwin McManus was a noted American painter and considered one of the deans of Connecticut art. His impressionist style landscapes are noted for their detailed brushwork and rich hues. By contrast, his portraits follow a tradition of realism.

At age 16, McManus started studying drawing under Charles Noel Flagg and later with Robert B. Brandegee, Walter Griffin and others. Together with his teachers, McManus founded the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts in 1910, eventually becoming president of that organization (1938-1945). He taught there as well as at the Connecticut Art Students League and the Guy Wiggins Art School. He spent his summers painting and teaching in Old Lyme, Connecticut. McManus was a member of the Salmagundi Club of New York, the Lyme Artists’ Association and the New Haven Paint and Clay Club. He frequently exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Selected Collections:
  • Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut

Additional information


This image depicts the Victorian-era Riverside Park situated along the banks of the Connecticut River.

From the collector who purchased this work from Bellus Fine Art:
…From left to right the buildings are H. H. Richardson's Chaney Building (1876), its pyramidal roof is no longer present, next is the Charles Haight's Keney Memorial Clocktower (1898) and the third building is Ithiel Town's Christ Church Cathedral (1828). Fortunately, all still exist. These buildings were among the tallest in Hartford in 1915 but by 1920 were dwarfed by other commercial structures. From McManus' Riverside Park vantage point none are visible today.


Private Collection, North Carolina


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