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Landscape with River (Scene in Northern New York)
Date: 1849
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 14 x 20 in. ( 35.6 x 50.8 cm ) Framed: 24 1/2 in. × 31 in. × 4 3/4 in. (62.2 × 78.7 × 12.1 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of DeWitt M. Lockman
Object Number: 1953.51
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Gifford's sketches place him on the Sacandaga River, a tributary of the Hudson, in August 1849 when he made the pencil study that served as a reference for Scen in Northern New York. This small painting is one of the artist's very earliest works, demonstrating youthful promise as well as Gifford's profitable study of Thomas Cole's landscapes. Raised in the riverside town of Hudson, just across the river from Cole's house and studio, Gifford was keenly aware of his famous neighbor, whose example inspired him to embrace the outdoor life of a landscape painter.

Bibliography:

"Fine Arts," The New York Times, Dec. 16, 1851, p. 3.

"American Art Union. Second Day's Sale," The New York Times, Dec. 17, 1852, p. 3.

Weiss, Ila, Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880), New York: Garland Publishing, 1977, pp. 50-4.

Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New York Historical Society, Vol. II, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, pp. 64-5.

Weiss, Ila, Poetic Landscapes: The Art and Experience of Sanford R. Gifford, Newark: University of Delaware Press, c. 1987, pp. 174-5

Exhibitions:

"The Landscape 2000 Project," University of Wyoming Art Museum, May 1–December 15, 2000.

"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.