Old Hook Mill, Easthampton

Media - 1979.5.4 - SAAM-1979.5.4_1 - 65842
Copied Edward Lamson Henry, Old Hook Mill, Easthampton, ca. 1880, oil on canvas, 14 1422 14 in. (36.156.4 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Francis P. Garvan, 1979.5.4
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Artwork Details

Title
Old Hook Mill, Easthampton
Date
ca. 1880
Dimensions
14 1422 14 in. (36.156.4 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Francis P. Garvan
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group — male
  • Architecture — industry — mill
  • Landscape — New York — Long Island
  • Landscape — New York — East Hampton
Object Number
1979.5.4

Artwork Description

In Old Hook Mill, Easthampton, a spirit of ease pervades the scene as men unhurriedly carry sacks of flour from the mill to the horse-drawn wagon. The Hook Windmill was the last wind-powered grain mill, or gristmill, built in East Hampton, New York. Constructed in 1806, it operated for a century until 1908 and stands today. Edward Lamson Henry's painting presents the iconic structure in the calm after a storm, indicated by two rainbows in the cloud-stricken sky. Critics praised Henry's work for his romantic treatment of agrarian life.