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Lake George

Artist:
John William Casilear (American, New York 1811–1893 Saratoga Springs, New York)
Date:
1857
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
20 5/16 x 29 7/8 in. (51.6 x 75.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Maria DeWitt Jesup, from the collection of her husband, Morris K. Jesup, 1914
Accession Number:
15.30.64
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 759
In this painting of one of Casilear’s favorite sites—Lake George, in the Adirondack Mountains—the influence of John Frederick Kensett, one of the artist’s sketching companions, is unmistakable in the treatment of the water and the light. Casilear’s background as an engraver is reflected in the highly finished quality of the canvas and the attention to detail in the foliage and rock formations of the foreground. A sense of calm pervades the scene; there is not a single ripple on the lake. The vantage point is from the western shore, looking south toward Black Mountain.
Signature: [at lower left]: J W C [monogram] '57
Morris K. Jesup, New York, by 1876–1908; his wife, Maria DeWitt Jesup, New York, 1908–1914
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