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Homer Dodge Martin
The Iron Mine, Port Henry, New York
about 1862
oil
30 1/8 x 50 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William T. Evans



Like blood from a wound on the hillside, rusting iron ore from a mine spills down to cloud the tranquil waters below. This scene, while recording man's forcible contact with the land, is mysteriously absent of human activity. Martin, one of America's first landscape painters to turn from pristine, untouched views to images highlighting the ravages of industry, includes the shack, dock, and barge to remind us of the industrial revolution's impact on the environment.