Whittredge returned again and again to the subject of the forest interior, which he had come to admire in works such as the Museum's "In The Woods" by Asher B. Durand. Even the title of this picture evokes one of Durand's favorite pursuits, fishing, which was shared by many of the Hudson River School painters. Unlike the older, conservative Durand, Whittredge admits blazes of pure sunlight into his refuge, linking his vision to that of his younger colleague in New York, Albert Bierstadt, who, like Whittredge, studied at The Academy at Düsseldorf, Germany.
Signature: [at lower right]: W. Whittredge; [on the back]: The Trout Pool. / Painted by W. Whittredge. / 1870
Charles A. Fowler, Hopewell Junction, New York, by 1921