View of Poestenkill, New York,

Joseph H. Hidley

Hidley worked in Poestenkill, New York, as a house painter, a handyman, an artist, and served as sexton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. He painted a series of townscapes of Poestenkill and the surrounding villages, applying an aerial view and incorporating clearly defined, recognizable buildings in his compositions. Here, the aforementioned church, next to which Hidley lived, is the most prominent structure. Poesten Kill—“kill,” from the Dutch, means “creek”—can be seen both in the left foreground, where it passes under a bridge, and in the far distance, where it spills over a dam. The town was an important lumbering center, and many mills were located along the creek.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 751

Public Domain

Object Details

Artist: Joseph H. Hidley (1830–1872)

Date: ca. 1870

Culture: American

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 19 3/4 x 28 in. (50.2 x 71.1 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1963

Accession Number: 63.201.5

Charles Read (at auction for fifty cents); his daughter, Mrs. Ada Read Lowrie; her daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Lowrie DeFrate, until 1949; with William A. Morrill Jr., Troy, New York, 1949–1954; with George McKearin, Hoosick Falls, New York, 1954–1959; Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Cambridge, Maryland, 1959–1963