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Sanford Robinson Gifford
Whiteface Mountain from Lake Placid
1866
oil
11 5/8 x 19 5/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Johnson Garrett



Gifford has painted a shrine to the unspoiled landscape of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Mirrored in the lake's pristine waters, majestic Whiteface Mountain seems to cast a hypnotic hold on daily activities. The languidly drifting rowboat enhances the sense of serenity. By the mid-1860s, preserving the wilderness was a pressing concern for ardent conservationists and Gifford used his artistic skill to aid in these efforts.