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ca. 1875-1880 Edward Mitchell Bannister Born: St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1828 Died: Providence, Rhode Island 1901 oil on canvas 6 x 8 1/4 in. (15.3 x 21.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Frederick and Joan Slatsky 1983.95.107 Not currently on view


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Edward Bannister’s painting shows a train cutting through a rural landscape, where a railroad trestle interrupts the flow of the stream below. These familiar signs of progress in the nineteenth-century landscape highlight a concern shared by many of Bannister’s fellow painters, who worried that industrialization would soon destroy their nation’s natural beauty.

Keywords

Architecture - bridge

Architecture - vehicle - train

Landscape - river

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas