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November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving: American Landscapes


Hill, John, 1770-1850. Fairmount Water Works (Philadelphia). ca. 1825, Intaglio print. Philadelphia Museum of Art.

These 19th century landscapes of the U.S. countrysides are beautiful!


Detail from  Fairmount Water Works (Philadelphia)


People viewing the water from above. Detail from  Fairmount Water Works (Philadelphia)


John Frederick Kensett, The Langdale Pikes. 1858, painting. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College. 

Detail of The Langdale Pikes

Kensett's landscapes capture a
"sweet calm."
James M. Hart, Village Scene near Albany, New York. 1850, oil on canvas. Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The artist James M. Hart once wrote:
"I strive to reproduce the feelings produced by the original scenes themselves..."

"American 19th Century Landscapes." Rollins, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, American Art. 

Detail from Village Scene near Albany, New York.

Detail from Village Scene near Albany, New York.



Worthington Whittredge, Home by the sea. 1872, oil on canvas. Addison Gallery of American Art.
"The weather-beaten buildings of the old farm, sheltered from the tempests by the weather-beaten trees, are seen at the left. A road leads past the farm and down to the shore. The view, taken from an elevated and rocky foreground, shows the beach, with a line of breakers fringing it with foam, and the sea, with many vessels passing to and fro."

Clarke, Thomas Benedict, and Thomas Ellis Kirby. 1899. Catalogue of the private art collection of Thomas B. Clarke. New York: American Art Association.



Detail from Home by the sea.

Detail from Home by the sea.


I hope everyone celebrating Thanksgiving today has a lovely one!


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1 comment

  1. I see the same horizon as 'Village Scene near Albany, NY' almost every day. The place where the distant ridge dips below the tree-line is the Mohawk River valley near Amsterdam, NY. Very cool to see it through his eyes!

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