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Delaware Water Gap

Artist:
George Inness (American, Newburgh, New York 1825–1894 Bridge of Allan, Scotland)
Date:
1861
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
36 x 50 1/4 in. (91.4 x 127.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Morris K. Jesup Fund, 1932
Accession Number:
32.151
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 761
From 1857 to 1891, Inness painted a number of views of the Delaware Water Gap, located on the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey in the Adirondack Mountains. This early version, which reflects some of the tenets of the Hudson River School, juxtaposes a moving steam engine at the left and heavily laden barges on the river, with the pastoral element of grazing cows in the foreground. The panoramic view of the countryside is enhanced by dramatic climatic effects: a passing storm and a rainbow.
Signature: [twice at lower left and center]: G. Inness 1861
probably with Williams and Everett, Boston, 1861; probably the artist, by 1888; with Thomas B. Clarke, New York, 1892; Benjamin Altman, New York, 1892–1907; Michael Friedsam, New York, 1907–died 1931; Clarence W. Wood, 1931–1932
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