The Camp Meeting

Worthington Whittredge American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

Originating in Kentucky in 1799, camp meetings were outdoor social and religious gatherings popular among evangelical Christians in rural areas. When painted by Whittredge in 1874, such services were increasingly rare. Although filled with figures—including a preacher delivering a sermon from a constructed stage—the artist’s primary focus is on the landscape. Most likely depicting a scene in the Catskill Mountains, Whittredge carefully rendered the surface reflections of the foreground pond while skillfully contrasting a sun-soaked landscape at right with areas of shade at left.

The Camp Meeting, Worthington Whittredge (Springfield, Ohio 1820–1910 Summit, New Jersey), Oil on canvas, American

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