Landscape (possibly of Staten Island, New York)

  • Unidentified, Landscape (possibly of Staten Island, New York), ca. 1850, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.155

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This painting appears to show a mining site on Todt Hill, Staten Island. The unknown artist chose to paint a busy crossroads, with wagons carrying ore back and forth and a stagecoach full of passengers. The Chinese laborers in the image suggest that the artist added details from his imagination, however, because there are no records of Asian residents or workers on the island in the mid-nineteenth century. (Lynda Hartigan, Made with Passion, 1990)

Title
Landscape (possibly of Staten Island, New York)
Artist
Date
ca. 1850
On View
Dimensions
27 x 34 in. (68.6 x 86.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – New York – Staten Island
  • Figure group
  • Object – other – birdhouse
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – farmhouse
Object Number
1986.65.155
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
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