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View on the Hudson Near Sing Sing, New York
Date: 1845-1850
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 21 1/2 × 28 in. (54.6 × 71.1 cm) Framed: 27 1/4 in. × 34 in. × 2 in. (69.2 × 86.4 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Watson Fund
Object Number: 1978.57
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Vollmering's image of Sing Sing with its low horizon and overcast sky includes the industrial waterfront. The German-born artist, trained in Amsterdam, arrived in New York in 1847 to begin a landscape career in the United States. The view looks north from the hillside above Sing Sing Prison, the cluster of buildings at the river's edge; Croton Point and the Hudson Highlands are visible in the distance. The prison, long a stop on the Hudson's picturesque touring itinerary, had been established in 1824 to provide the nearby marble quarries with convict labor. Residents renamed their community Ossining in 1901.


"Views & Visions: The Hudson River to Niagara Falls," Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, New York, July 11-December 13, 2009.