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David Johnson
American (1827-1908)

View of the Hudson from Barrytown, New York, 1872
Oil on canvas, 12 x 20 inches
Initialed with monogram and dated 72 lower right
Original Frame


James Cowan
To his niece, Lucy Cowan Williams
To Eunice Williams
To Cindy Mitchell


David Johnson celebrated the simple recreational pleasures enjoyed in nature’s tranquil moments. A prominent landscape painter of the Hudson River School, he was as concerned with accurately recording picturesque vistas as he was with stylistic interpretation.

From the lazy progress of the sailboats to the measured cadence of the rolling Catskill Mountains, this romantic panorama, viewed from a pasture which is today a public park, invites the exploration of every minute detail. The artist bathes this idyllic setting in a warm, unifying light to evoke a sense of contemplative serenity.

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