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Charles Adams Platt (1861 - 1933)
Winter in Cornish, New Hampshire, c. 1890
Oil on canvas
18 x 26 inches
Signed at lower right: C. A. Platt
Period Foster Brothers frame
Godwin Gallery, Pepperell, Massachusetts
The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut
Private Collection, Pittsburgh
The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut
Private Collection, Connecticut
[The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut]
Private Dealer, New York
Charles Adams Platt was a major contributor to the American arts throughout his long career. He began his career as an etcher, then focused on landscape painting. Platt was a part of the Cornish Colony in New Hampshire, which was considered to be an American Arcadia. According to Platt, “an artist should interest one’s sense of the beautiful and make that his great object.”

Platt’s natural interest in the land as opposed to the figure led to a highly successful career as a landscape designer and architect. Platt designed both the Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Lyman Allyn Museum in Connecticut, amongst many important commissions.

As evident in this bucolic scene of snow-covered ground and distant hills, Platt ’s landscapes “portray an ideal world where landscape elements balance one another and where even the icy blue snows of winter seem soft and appealing.” (Shaping an American Landscape: the Art and Architecture of Charles Adams Platt, p. 73). The total effect is harmonic and orderly, the landscape a balanced arrangement to please the eye.