Hannock's mural-size painting is a contemporary interpretation of the Connecticut River scene made famous by Thomas Cole's View from Mount Holyoke Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm-The Oxbow (1836; The Metropolitan Museum of Art). Hannock emphasizes the vista's grandeur while at the same time personalizing it with an overlay of script referring to people, places, and events from his life. In addition to Cole, the painting's title pays homage to the nineteenth-century artist Frederick Church and to two of Hannock's early mentors, Elizabeth and Agnes Mongan, who were connected to the museums at Harvard and Smith College.-
#1849. The Oxbow: After Church, After Cole, Flooded (Flooded River for the Matriarchs E. & A. Mongan), Green Light
the artist, New York (2000–2001; sold through James Graham & Sons, New York, to MMA)
James Graham & Sons, New York. "Stephen Hannock," April 8–May 6, 2000, no catalogue.
Laramie. University of Wyoming Art Museum. "Landscape 2000," June 10–December 23, 2000, unnumbered cat. (p. 10).
Sabine Rewald in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2000-2001." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 59 (Fall 2001), p. 70, ill. (color).
Jason Rosenfeld. Stephen Hannock. Exh. cat., McKenzie Fine Art, Inc. New York, 2002, ill. p. 7 (color).
Martha Hoppin. "Variations on a Theme: The Oxbow." Stephen Hannock. Manchester, Vt., 2009, pp. 20–23, ill. (overall and detail, color) and cover (detail, color), identifies this painting as the largest of the artist's Oxbow theme.
Kathryn Calley Galitz. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Masterpiece Paintings. New York, 2016, p. 535, ill. (color), colorpl. 496.