Mount Washington, from the Valley of Conway

Various artists/makers

Not on view

This New Hampshire landscape centered on Mount Washington is based on an 1851 painting by Kensett (Davis Museum, Wellesley College). The image was engraved and distributed by the American Art-Union, a New York institution that boasted nearly nineteen thousand subscribers at its height in 1849-50. For an annual fee of five dollars, each member received a large print and was entered in a lottery to win original artworks which were exhibited at the Art-Union's Free Gallery. Aimed at educating the public about contemporary American art, the group's distribution network reached members in every state. This contributed to the creation of a national market for landscapes and genre paintings. The system flourished for a limited period, however, with no lottery taking place in 1851, the year that the Art-Union issued this work as part of a supplementary set of smaller engravings titled "Gallery of American Art, No. II." The institution dissolved in 1852–53.

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