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Lake George and the Village of Caldwell
Date: ca. 1850
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 22 x 29 3/4 in. ( 55.9 x 75.6 cm ) Framed: 26 5/8 × 34 1/2 × 3 3/8 in. (67.6 × 87.6 × 8.6 cm)
Description: Landscape with view of the Hudson River; city of Kingston in the background.
Credit Line: Purchase, Thomas Jefferson Bryan Fund
Object Number: 1977.13
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Chambers’s boldly hued landscapes were often modeled freely after engravings of tourist attractions and he painted several versions of this sprightly view of Lake George and Caldwell, showing the dramatic setting of the village at the southern end of the lake. Lake George was one of the most popular resorts in the nineteenth century. This glacially formed body of water, some thirty-four miles long, is situated at the eastern edge of the Adirondack Mountains. Chambers’s view of Caldwell documents that popularity as well as the exhilarating combination of mountain and lake terrain that still draws visitors today.

Exhibitions:

"The Hudson River to Niagara Falls: 19th-Century American Landscape Paintings from the New-York Historical Society," Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY, July 11–December 13, 2009.

"The Poetry of Nature: A Golden Age of American Landscape Painting," Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA, March 19–June 12, 2016.

"The Golden Age of American Landscape Painting: Highlights from the New-York Historical Society Collection," Wichita Art Museum, KS, February 4–April 30, 2017.

"The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society," Allentown Art Museum, PA, September 29–December 31, 2017; Worcester Art Museum, MA, September 8–November 25, 2018.