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mid 19th century Attributed to Thomas Chambers Born: Whitby, England 1808 Died: Whitby, England 1869 oil on canvas 14 x 18 in. (35.5 x 45.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.106 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 14B

Luce Center Label

This landscape by Thomas Chambers probably shows a view along the Hudson River in New York, where Chambers lived and worked in the 1830s and again in the 1860s. He combined actual features of the landscape with elements from his imagination, heightening the colors and emphasizing the linear edges of natural forms. In this image the dark silhouette of the stone arch stands out, emphasized by the vivid tones of orange and red in the sky. The light appears inconsistent throughout the painting, as if Chambers combined observations from different times of day into one image.


Figure group

Landscape - building

Recreation - sport and play - fishing

Waterscape - boat


folk art

paint - oil

fabric - canvas