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Sketchbook with 47 Folios
Date: 1835-1836
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Medium: Graphite on ivory paper bound into a sketchbook
Dimensions: Overall: 8 7/8 x 11 1/2 in. (22.5 x 29.2 cm)
Description: Sketchbook
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Nora Durand Woodman
Object Number: 1918.57
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Inscribed: Various throughout

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This sketchbook includes drawings from Durand's September 1835 expedition to Pine Orchard, where the Catskill Mountain House was located, and his visits to the nearby picturesque sites including Kaaterskill Falls. He sketched the falls from the base, looking up to emphasize the height and drama of the water plunging down the rocky gorge. Durand also included the viewing station at the summit, testifying to the popularity of the falls as a destination for visitors to the famous resort hotel nearby.

Provenance:

Descent through the artist's family

Bibliography:

Roberta J.M. Olson, “The Sketchbooks of Asher B. Durand in the New-York Historical Society,” Master Drawings, vol. 54, no. 4 (Winter 2016): 433-476.

Exhibitions:

MUNSON WILLIAMS PROCTOR INSTITUTE, Utica, New York, "Only Second to Niagra: The Art of Trenton Falls", 11/4/89-12/31/89.

"The World of Asher B. Durand: The Artist in Antebellum New York," New-York Historical Society, March 13-September 30, 2007.

"The American Landscapes of Asher B. Durand (1796-1887)," Fundación Juan March, October 1, 2010-January 9, 2011.