Mount Chocorua

  • William James Stillman, Mount Chocorua, 1856, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Richard D. Bullock and museum purchase made possible by Walter Beck and Reverend F. Ward Denys, 1999.81

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This image shows Mount Chocorua in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. William James Stillman was a friend of the English art critic John Ruskin and an enthusiastic follower of Ruskin’s belief that “All great art is the expression of man's delight in God's work, not his own.” In this piece, Stillman painted every element in careful detail to show its perfection, from the mossy rocks in the foreground to the patches of snow on the mountain peak.

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“The true method of study is, to take small portions of scenes, and there to explore perfectly and with the most insatiable curiosity, every object presented, and to define them with the carefulness of a topographer.” Stillman, The Crayon, March 28, 1855, quoted in Ehrenkranz, Poetic Localities, 1988

Title
Mount Chocorua
Artist
Date
1856
On View
Dimensions
12 1/8 x 18 in. (30.8 x 45.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Dr. Richard D. Bullock and museum purchase made possible by Walter Beck and Reverend F. Ward Denys

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – mountain – Mount Chocorua
  • Landscape – New Hampshire
  • Landscape – lake
Object Number
1999.81
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