Norton Bush American, 1834-1894


Along with other landscape painters of his time, Norton Bush was compelled to explore regions with unique characteristics by the writings of a popular scientist and naturalist, Alexander von Humbolt.  He visited the jungles and coastlines of Peru, Panama, Nicaragua and Ecuador where he created detailed sketches and notes on the geographic characteristics. It is most likely that his paintings were based off of sketches created abroad, and later painted in his studio in California.  This painting echoes characteristics that are typical of Frederick Church's style. 



San Francisco Art Association


National Academy of Design, 1852-1871

Mechanics Institute, 1858

California State Fairs (four gold medals)


Museums and Public Collections

Oakland Museum

Society of California Pioneers

Crocker Museum, Sacramento

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