A Gorge in the Mountains (Kauterskill Clove)

Artist: Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823–1880)

Date: 1862

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 48 x 39 7/8 in. (121.9 x 101.3 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Maria DeWitt Jesup, from the collection of her husband, Morris K. Jesup, 1914

Accession Number: 15.30.62


From 1845 until his death in 1880, Gifford chose Kauterskill Clove in the Catskill Mountains as one of his favorite subjects. This painting, dated 1862, was called "Kauterskill Falls" in the catalogue of the 1876 New York Centennial Loan Exhibition of Paintings, as well as in the 1881 official catalogue of Gifford's work. The title has since been changed to "Kauterskill Clove," for the view is from the east, looking west to Haine's Falls at the head of the clove.