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Sloatsburg Dam@3x.jpg
Despite inscription on the photo, probably what's shown is Sloat's Dam located a few miles upriver in Rockland County, NY. The structure was built in 1792 by Isaac Sloat for the purposes of milling, and was approximately four feet high by 200 feet in…

Cropsey--Greenwood Lake.jpg
Cropsey, initially trained as an architect, turned to painting in the style of Thomas Cole's sublime renderings of nature. He traveled in the Northeast and Europe, gaining recognition for his increasingly vivid fall hues and more restful settings.…

Dove--Seneca Lake.jpg
This small watercolor uses a technique Dove called "extraction": abstracting from some landscape only those elements necessary to render it. Here we see a few lines of ink used to trees, clouds, and a power line; watercolor and gouache then complete…

Glen Alpha--Grotto. cropped jpg.jpg
This stereocard was part of the "Artistic series, scenery at Watkins Glen and vicinity, N.Y." The picturesque series of falls and rock formations became a popular destination during the post-bellum period, and many other such images were created.…

Keuka Lake small.jpg
Photo captures much of what is distinctive about New York's Finger Lake region: long, glacially carved lakes; open vistas from which to behold them; and agriculture benefiting from the deep water's moderating influence upon temperature. The location…

Hill--View on the Erie Canal small.jpg
Hill was the son of a well-known commercial lithographer, and was only 17 years old when he created this and other watercolors of the Erie Canal with an eye toward eventual publication. That never came to pass, but as historical documents the…

Bierstadt--Mohawk River small.jpg
This painting, seemingly located on the upper Mohawk River, assumes a timeless, mythical quality. Bierstadt was one of several second-generation Hudson School artists associated with "luminism," a technique using aerial perspective and…

Wizard of Oz Poster.jpg
L. Frank Baum's surreal book for children, published to great acclaim in 1900, is advertised in this rare poster. It borrows artwork from the novel's title page, gives it a landscape orientation, and adds a few promotional blurbs. It is included in…

Smithsonian-Colman-Storm_King_on_the_Hudson-2130.jpg
Picturesque massif on the Hudson River has earned its name due to frequently being mantled with dramatic clouds. This feature made it a favorite subject of 19th-century painters. Colman's composition is quite complex, however, since it renders both…

Black River Falls@0.5x.jpg
During the 19th century it was estimated that the Black River generated some 135,000 horsepower along its course during the dry season. Just within the city limits of Watertown, NY the river dropped 110 feet, meaning that manufacturing concerns…
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