Joseph Ropes (1812 - 1885)
Country Scene
oil on paper, approx. 8" x 10", signed lower left

Born into a prominent Salem, Massachusetts family, Joseph Ropes was known as a topographical draughtsman. In his thirties he studied at the National Academy and with John Rubens Smith in New York City. He then settled in Hartford, Connecticut, keeping a studio from 1851 and 1865. He then went abroad for 11 years, and upon his return in 1876, settled in Philadelphia. Along with works painted in New England and New York, Ropes painted in the White Mountains.

Ropes was also active as a teacher and was the author of several artist's manuals, published during his residence in Hartford. The Connecticut Historical Society has four drawings by Ropes, and their Graphics Collection includes at least one lithograph drawn on the stone by him and published by E. C. Kellogg. Additional paintings by Ropes are in the Society's museum collection.

Ropes exhibited at the National Academy, the Brooklyn Art Association, and the Pennsylvania Academy Annuals.