Edward Beyer (American/Pennsylvania, 1820-1865)

Landscape with Lake 

oil on canvas

signed and dated 1853 l.r.

etched inscription on stretcher reading A Merry Christmas 1898 To Aurelia Miesse. Sophia Koop


20 x 29.75 in. (sight)

27.25 x 37.25 in. (frame)

This landscape features three figures in a canoe on a lake, with a waterfall and a mountain range in the background. The scene does not depict a recognizable Virginia or West Virginia location, and is most likely a fanciful one. 

The painting descended in the present owner's family. The dedication on the stretcher refers to Aurelia Sorber Rosser (1854-1936). Her aunt, Sophia Miesse Koop (1835-1907), gifted the painting to her for Christmas in 1898. After Aurelia's death, the painting was bequeathed to the present owner's grandmother.

Sophia Miesse Koop was the great-granddaughter of Johann Daniel Miesse (1743-1818), a veteran of the Revolutionary War. Her father, and Johann Daniel's grandson, was Gabriel LaFayette Miesse (1807-1886), of Fairfield County, Ohio, who was purportedly the original owner of the painting. Where and how he acquired the work remains a mystery, although Beyer is known to have traveled through Ohio in 1853, and it is possible that he met Gabriel during his travels. 

Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000

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