on November 29, 1818 in Drygrange, Roxboroughshire, Scotland.
Moved to U.S. and became known for portraits, landscapes, and historical
genre paintings. 1831, moved to Canada. At age 15, he walked to Fairhaven,
VT, to begin 5-year apprenticeship to a wagon-maker. After an accident
to his ankle, he painted portraiture. 1843, began his professional
art career. 1844-46, painted in Montreal. Built home in Castleton in
and began teaching painting and drawing at the Seminary. Landscape
artist, Frederick Church, influenced Hope to paint landscapes and move
City. Hope painted in NY during winters and returned to Castleton for
Falls on the Potomac, oil on canvas, 24"x36" image, 28"x40" framed, s.l.r. "J. Hope A.N.A. 1889 Capt 2 VG inf. G. Corp's (?)” label verso indicates painting was in traveling exhibition, "Penn Academy of Fine Art 2/24-12/1971"
in 11 battles during Civil War. His paintings of battle scenes were
well-known. 1872, moved to Watkins Glen, NY, where he built studio and art
gallery. During last 20 years of his life, he painted water and geologic
in area, especially Rainbow Falls. Also painted White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Studied: 1 year at Castleton Seminary.
Member: Associate Member of National Academy, 1871.
Exhibited: National Academy, 1854; Brooklyn Art
Association; Boston; Philadelphia; Buffalo; Cincinnati; Detroit;
Utica; Chicago; and
In the collection of: Metropolitan Museum of Art;
Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Museum of Fine
Boston; Currier Gallery of Art; Everson Museum of Art; Butler Institute
of American Art; Hunter Museum of American Art; and Museum of Art
at Brigham Young University.