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View at Catskill Falls

Item

Title

View at Catskill Falls

Creator

John Rubens Smith
American, b. England, 1775–1849

Date

1841

Materials

Watercolor on paper

Description

John Rubens Smith immigrated to the United States in 1806 and lived at various points in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia. He specialized in city and landscape views in the manner of this watercolor, showing the pedestrian traffic above the famous waterfall of the Catskills in New York. The site, fashioned with an observation platform by the mid-1820s, was a mecca for leisure and already in danger, as Smith’s image suggests, of being overrun by sightseers. An influential instructor of drawing, Smith also authored The Juvenile Drawing Book (1822) and A Key to the Art of Drawing the Human Figure (1831), two early drawing manuals in America.

Source

The John Driscoll American Drawings Collection

Identifier

2018.194

Rights

This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses may not be permitted.