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Landscape (possibly of Staten Island, New York)

ca. 1850 Unidentified oil on canvas 27 x 34 in. (68.6 x 86.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.155 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


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This painting appears to show a mining site on Todt Hill, Staten Island. The unknown artist chose to paint a busy crossroads, with wagons carrying ore back and forth and a stagecoach full of passengers. The Chinese laborers in the image suggest that the artist added details from his imagination, however, because there are no records of Asian residents or workers on the island in the mid-nineteenth century. (Lynda Hartigan, Made with Passion, 1990)

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - domestic - farmhouse

Figure group

Landscape - New York - Staten Island

Object - other - birdhouse

painting

folk art

paint - oil

fabric - canvas