Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 22 (Sale info: $175.00).
"b. Kilmarnock, Scotland, 1828. Brother of William Hart, N.A. was brought to America when a child, his parents settling in Albany, N.Y. Here he worked with his brother in the shop of a coach-maker, decorating carriages. Displaying artistic talents of a superior order, he was encouraged to devote his attention to art study, and in 1851 went to Duesseldorf, where he spent a year in the studio of Schirmer. He opened a studio in New York City in 1856, and was elected a member of the National Academy, 1859. In 1876 he was commended by the judges at the Centennial Exposition. " In James M. Hart's studies of cattle, the same easiness is apparent which is so attractive in his more simple landscapes, and when the two are united, the most delightful harmony is observed in every detail. - Art Journal, June, 1875. " Lost, Stolen, or Strayed. 'James M. Hart's "Lost, Stolen or Strayed" is one of the most pleasing of the many small pictures to be found in this exhibition. Two calves, coming down a shady path out of the dark woods, appear to be hopelessly lost, and the forward animal looks into the eyes of the spectator as if he would inquire the way. This picture, though small in size, shows Mr. Hart at his best. In it the cattle are as carefully studied as one finds them in Mr. Hart's larger, more costly paintings.'" [P. 8-9.]
Illustrated Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. August 16 - October 25, 1884. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz, Director of the Art Department. Editor of National Academy Notes and the Art Union Magazine. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company.
Artist address: New York, New York.
Artist professional affiliation: National Academician.