Erie Railroad

  • Unidentified, Erie Railroad, 19th century, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.146

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This painting was created by an unknown artist in Pennsylvania, probably during the mid- to late nineteenth century. Folk art collector Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr. acquired the piece in 1962 and added the unusual frame, which is carved and stained to resemble tree limbs. The Erie Railroad was chartered in 1832, and the first train ran from New York to Lake Erie in 1851, with President Millard Fillmore as a passenger.

Title
Erie Railroad
Artists
Date
19th century
On View
Dimensions
18 1/2 x 22 1/4 in. (47.0 x 56.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture – bridge
  • Recreation – sport and play – fishing
  • Architecture – vehicle – train
  • Architecture – science – power lines
  • Figure male – full length
  • Landscape – water
Object Number
1986.65.146
Palette
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