Grandeurs of the Yosemite Valley, California. After B. Champney. Original in the possession of the publisher. Boston: Published by Dodge, Collier & Perkins, 115 Washington St., n.d. . Chromolithograph on canvas, 38 x 61 cm (15 x 24 inches). Mounted on a wooden frame with original publisher's printed title label. Benjamin Champney (1817-1907), an American painter born in New Ipswich, N. H., is considered by art historians to be the founder of the "North Conway Colony" of painters who came to North Conway, New Hampshire and the surrounding area during the second half of the nineteenth century. "Turning his attention to landscape, Champney in 1850 discovered North Conway, N. H., as a painting ground. He was joined by Kensett, Alfred Ordway, and others. 'By 1853,' he wrote, 'the meadows and banks of the Sacco were dotted all about with white umbrellas.' ... His later life was quiet and uneventful. As a painter he followed the formula of the so-called Hudson River school which lost its vogue in the late nineteenth century." - DAB. Little is known about Dodge, Collier & Perkins, other than that they sold frames, put their name on some stereo views, and published at least two chromolithographs after Champney. Some light wear to surface and at edges; very good. (#151602).