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Old Hook Mill, Easthampton

ca. 1880 Edward Lamson Henry Born: Charleston, South Carolina 1841 Died: Ellenville, New York 1919 oil on canvas 14 1/4 x 22 1/4 in. (36.1 x 56.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Francis P. Garvan 1979.5.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 15A


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In Old Hook Mill, Easthampton, a spirit of ease pervades the scene as men unhurriedly carry sacks of flour from the mill to the horse-drawn wagon. The Hook Windmill was the last wind-powered grain mill, or gristmill, built in East Hampton, New York. Constructed in 1806, it operated for a century until 1908 and stands today. Edward Lamson Henry's painting presents the iconic structure in the calm after a storm, indicated by two rainbows in the cloud-stricken sky. Critics praised Henry's work for his romantic treatment of agrarian life.

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Architecture - industry - mill

Figure group - male

Landscape - New York - East Hampton

Landscape - New York - Long Island

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Edward Lamson Henry

Born: Charleston, South Carolina 1841 Died: Ellenville, New York 1919

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