Jasper Cropsey was a well-known Hudson River School painter in the mid 19th Century. His landscapes reflected his interest in the influence of nature on man’s existence, a concept that was fundamental to Hudson River School artists like Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand. These were the first painters to romanticize the American wilderness.
In the 1860s, Cropsey designed architecture and painted. For his family, he designed a Gothic Revival, 29-room mansion called Aladdin in Warwick, New York. When tastes in painting shifted toward Impressionism, Cropsey’s financial situation faltered, and in 1884 the family (then with four daughters) was forced to give up Aladdin. They settled instead in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, in a house they called Ever Rest, where Cropsey and his wife lived together until they died. The couple are buried nearby in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
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