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View on the Hudson Near Sing Sing, New York

Object Name: Landscape
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.


"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.