Rainstorm—Cider Mill at Redding, Connecticut

George Harvey

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Harvey executed this watercolor as one of forty so-called Atmospheric Landscapes of North America, which he began making about 1836 and first exhibited as a discrete group in New York in 1843. The pictures form the only series of American drawings devoted to geographical regions observed at specific times of day and under specific weather conditions; more important, they are the earliest topographical watercolors executed in America using a stipple technique, developed by Harvey as a painter of miniatures on ivory. Though there are a few broad areas of wash, as in the rendering of the barn, most other passages are carefully hatched or stippled in.

Rainstorm—Cider Mill at Redding, Connecticut, George Harvey (1800–1878), Watercolor and gouache on white wove paper, American

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