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Brooklyn Museum
by Aaron Draper Shattuck
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Brooklyn Museum
by Abraham Pietersz. van Calraet
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Showing the working process of the seventeenth-century landscape painter, van Calraet positions two horsemen on a low rise with a panoramic view of a hill village and the surrounding flatlands. While the artist perches on a portable stool with a sketchbook propped on his knees, his companion attends to the horses and steals a look at the scene as it develops on paper. Such drawing excursions not only trained the eye and hand but permitted the artist an escape from the daily demands of the...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Aelbert Cuyp
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Brooklyn Museum
by Albert Bierstadt
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In 1863, Albert Bierstadt made an arduous expedition to Colorado in order to gather studies of the region for this monumental painting, executed three years later in his New York studio. For the final canvas, he exercised artistic license—rearranging some landmarks and exaggerating the scale of others—to maximize the visual interest of this Rocky Mountain landscape. The picture toured the country on a yearlong exhibition and thrilled audiences with its dual effects of sublime grandeur and...
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Brooklyn Museum
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By the constitution of nature . . . by the training of the family and school . . . and by the whole current of poetry and literature, woman is educated to feel that a happy marriage is the summit of all earthly felicity. —Catherine E. Beecher, Truth Stranger than Fiction (1850) This elaborate genre-and-Iandscape tableau was originally flanked by two smaller paintings depicting earlier and later episodes in the imagined narrative of a woman's life from infancy to marriage to death— Morning...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Albrecht Dürer
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Brooklyn Museum
by Alburtus del Orient Browere
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Brooklyn Museum
by Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps
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Brooklyn Museum
by Andrea Busati; Cima da Conegliano
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Brooklyn Museum
by Andrea di Bartolo
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Like other portable triptychs, this work was made for private devotions. Although, as always, the Madonna and Child are central, this Sienese painter portrays not an enthroned figure but rather one seated on the ground. There are several other examples of this type, known as the Madonna of Humility, in this gallery. Here, Mary is pictured in a garden (a traditional symbol of the Virgin), shown only as a fringe of grasses and flowers on which she sits. The robes of the two saints have very...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Andrew Richardson
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Brooklyn Museum
by Antoine-Louis Barye
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Brooklyn Museum
by Anton Mauve
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Brooklyn Museum
by Antonio González Velázquez
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Brooklyn Museum
by Antonio González Velázquez
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Brooklyn Museum
by Arnold Böcklin
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Arnold Böcklin was one of many artists lured to Italy to sketch and paint the light-bathed countryside in and around Rome. Unlike Hubert Robert and Pierre Thuillier (whose works are also shown here), who found inspiration in timeworn monuments, the Swiss painter did not seek out famous landmarks but preferred rustic sites seemingly untouched by man. Although Böcklin includes the figure of a bather disrobing in the middle ground, her tiny form primarily underscores the vastness of nature, seen...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Arthur Parton
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The influence of William Trost Richards is evident in this work’s coastal subject matter, careful execution, and vaporous atmospheric effects. Parton studied with Richards in Philadelphia from 1859 to 1861 and remained close with the elder artist throughout his life, even going on a sketching expedition with him in the Adirondacks. Object metadata can change over time, please check the Brooklyn Museum object record for the latest information.
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Brooklyn Museum
by Asher B. Durand
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Brooklyn Museum
by Asher B. Durand
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Asher B. Durand’s composition depicts an expanse of rugged terrain and forests under stormy skies. This American wilderness yields to progress as a lone farmer reaps his first harvest in a field, still dotted with the stumps of recently cleared trees and gleaming under a sudden shaft of light that penetrates the heavy clouds. A boulder resting by the side of the road identifies our glorified pioneer by name as “Graham.” Using funds bequeathed by one of its founders, Augustus Graham, the...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Asher B. Durand
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This quiet, enclosed landscape subject, very likely set in the Catskills or Adirondacks, represents the direction in which Asher B. Durand had moved American landscape art. After devoting his attention to expansive views that often included historical or moralizing narratives, by the 1850s he began to record in fine detail more intimate settings in which there was no palpable human presence. This very contained composition, although completed in the studio, is close in spirit to the highly...
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Brooklyn Museum
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Cleveland Museum of Art
by Benvenuto di Giovanni (Italian, 1436-1509/17)
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Single Leaf from an Antiphonary: Initial H[odie nobis] with The Nativity, 1471. Benvenuto di Giovanni (Italian, 1436-1509/17). Ink, tempera, and gold on parchment; sheet: 56 x 40 cm (22 1/16 x 15 3/4 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1952.282
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Brooklyn Museum
by Bergamesk follower of Lorenzo Lotto
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Brooklyn Museum
by Bernardino Butinone
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Cleveland Museum of Art
by Boucicaut Master (French, Paris, active about 1410-25)
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Leaf from a Book of Hours: Sts. Geneviève, Catherine of Alexandria, and Margaret (recto), c. 1415. Workshop of Boucicaut Master (French, Paris, active about 1410-25). Ink, tempera, silver, and gold on vellum; leaf: 16 x 11.2 cm (6 5/16 x 4 7/16 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection 2014.21.a
Topic: Medieval Art
Cleveland Museum of Art
by Boucicaut Master (French, Paris, active about 1410-25)
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Leaf from a Book of Hours: Christ in Judgment, c. 1415. Workshop of Boucicaut Master (French, Paris, active about 1410-25). Ink, tempera, and gold on vellum; sheet: 17 x 12.5 cm (6 11/16 x 4 15/16 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1953.366.2
Topic: Medieval Art
Brooklyn Museum
by Carlo Crivelli
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Saint James Major was one of Christ's apostles and the patron saint of pilgrims, those devoted and adventurous Christians who made their way over hundreds of miles to the Holy Land or to the chief pilgrimage churches of Europe. Their connection with James arose from the belief that the apostle had traveled across the Mediterranean as far as Spain to found the famous church Santiago (Spanish for Saint James) de Compostela. The seashell, symbolizing that voyage, and the staff are the saint's...
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Cleveland Museum of Art
by Carlo Crivelli (Italian, 1430/35-1495)
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Saint Nicholas of Bari, 1472. Carlo Crivelli (Italian, 1430/35-1495). Oil on wood panel; framed: 109 x 41 x 6 cm (42 15/16 x 16 1/8 x 2 3/8 in.); unframed: 96.2 x 32 cm (37 7/8 x 12 5/8 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of the Hanna Fund 1952.111
Topic: Medieval Art
Brooklyn Museum
by Charles Deas
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Brooklyn Museum
by Charles Willson Peale
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John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, commissioned this portrait of George Washington as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in order to flatter and reward him for liberating Boston (visible in the background) from the British in March 1776. Hancock wrote to Washington, "I beg, Sir, you will be pleased to accept my heartfelt thanks for the attention you have showed to my property in that town." Washington reluctantly accepted Hancock's invitation to sit for the...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Charles-François Daubigny
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Brooklyn Museum
by Charles-François Daubigny
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Lured by the tranquil waters and hidden corners of riverscapes, Daubigny began to explore the river valleys outside Paris in the late 1850s from Le Botin , his floating studio. For this scene, Daubigny selects a viewpoint in the center of the waterway, looking down a long stretch of the river and up toward the bank where herdsmen coax their cattle onto a barge. The still water and the reassuringly peaceful coexistence of man and nature made such paintings highly popular with Daubigny’s urban...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Charles-Émile Jacque
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Brooklyn Museum
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Taking shelter underneath a sturdy oak, an elegantly, if scantily clad young woman—perhaps separated from her party of nature-seekers—tearfully cowers as powerful winds whip at her gauzy attire. In this picture, exhibited at the Salon of 1799, Bonnemaison pays homage to the era's prevailing, classically inspired tastes: the young woman wears the high-waisted, muslin robe à l'antique and delicate cothurnes , or sandals, that became all the rage for fashionable French women in the 1790s. At...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Circle of Diego Quispe Tito
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Brooklyn Museum
by Circle of Diego Quispe Tito
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In colonial Peru, the ruling Spanish orchestrated the production and dispersal of religious imagery as testimony to the Christian mission of Spanish domination. This long narrative panel—which should be read from right to left—was produced in the Spanish colonial artistic center of Cuzco, Peru, a highland city that remained a stronghold of native Inca culture. While the artists working in Spanish-influenced painting guilds borrowed heavily from works by European artists in the local...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Circle of Joos van der Beke, called Joos van Cleve
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Brooklyn Museum
by Cuzco School
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In this charming Nativity scene celebrating the Holy Family in humble surroundings, the Child is the focus of attention as Mary and Joseph kneel beside him in worship. A shepherd bearing a sheep enters at the left, and an ox and ass are in attendance at the right. Radiant clouds beam down, while a sturdy little booted angel hovers above bearing a scroll, whose Latin inscription proclaims "Glory to God in the highest." A few Peruvian flowers bloom at the foot of the manger. Both...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Daniel Ridgway Knight
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A dreamy mood prevails in this dignified image of a French shepherdess. The pastoral setting provides a poetic backdrop to her youth and beauty, creating a picture that erases the social realities of peasant life. Daniel Ridgway Knight, who was born in Philadelphia and expatriated to France in the early 1870s, was well aware of this painting's potential for success when it debuted at the Paris Salon in 1896; it combined the silvery gray palette and romanticized peasant subject matter that were...
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Brooklyn Museum
by David Gilmour Blythe
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Brooklyn Museum
by Domenico di Tommaso Bigordi, called Domenico Ghirlandaio, School of Florence
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Brooklyn Museum
by Donato de' Bardi
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Donato dei Bardi worked in Genoa, a city that had close ties to France in the early fifteenth century and where the artist could familiarize himself with the smooth surfaces and intricate details of Franco-Flemish painting. The refined qualities of hair and fur in the figure of Saint Jerome reflect Donato’s inspiration from Northern painting. Saint Jerome is often shown in a cardinal’s robe and hat to reflect his work for the Church. The open book and the pen refer to the saint’s...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Eastman Johnson
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The painting's title may seem curious, especially since there is clearly someone in this comfortably furnished domestic interior. In the past, however, the phrase "not at home" indicated that the occupants of the house were not available to receive visitors. This painting held a particularly personal meaning for Eastman Johnson; it is his wife, Elizabeth, whom we see climbing the stairs leading to more private areas of their residence on Manhattan's West Fifty-fifth Street. Object...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Eastman Johnson
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by Eastman Johnson
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Eastman Johnson drew his inspiration for this Civil War picture from an incident that reportedly occurred during the Battle of Antietam (1863) in which an injured drummer boy asked a comrade to carry him so that he could continue drumming his unit forward. The emblematic image of a heroic youth literally rising above the chaos of the battlefield resonated deeply with Northern audiences both during and after the war. Johnson’s initial drawing of the subject was exhibited in 1864 to foster...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Edward Hicks
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From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of The Peaceable Kingdom in an effort to reconcile his artistic vocation with his ardent faith. The subject is based on verses from the Old Testament Book of Isaiah that describe an Edenic world in which predatory animals (a leopard, lion, and bear) coexist in harmony with meeker creatures (a lamb, kid, and calf) and children. In the background, the earthly realization of this prophecy...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Edwin Lord Weeks
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While many nineteenth-century European artists were known for their “exotic” North African and Middle Eastern subjects, the American expatriate Edwin Lord Weeks was exceptional in also undertaking paintings based on three remarkable extended visits to India (in 1882, 1886, and 1892). In these works, Weeks’s virtuoso talent for the dynamic transcription of brilliant light and color allowed him to represent subjects that some genteel Western audiences might otherwise have found...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Elihu Vedder
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In this brooding Symbolist subject titled Soul in Bondage , the American expatriate Elihu Vedder brought together his key interests in idealized human form, abstracted design, and the themes of internal spiritual conflict. Profoundly inspired by the writer Edward Fitzgerald's translation of mystical Persian verse in the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (Vedder illustrated a lush 1884 edition), he created numerous subjects representing the individual bound by the dilemma of choice between good and...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Elihu Vedder
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Brooklyn Museum
by Elihu Vedder
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Brooklyn Museum
by Elliott Daingerfield
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Brooklyn Museum
by Emanuel Leutze
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by Ettore Tito
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According to the Bible, two of Christ’s disciples encountered a stranger on the road from Jerusalem immediately after the Crucifixion. At an inn at Emmaus, the stranger blessed and broke bread, an act that recalled the Last Supper and revealed him to be the resurrected Christ to the astonishment of his disciples. Delacroix locates this miraculous apparition in a darkened interior, dramatically illuminated by Christ’s golden halo. Echoing the diagonal of the staircase, Jesus stands with a...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Eugène Louis Boudin
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Fascinated by Dutch painting, Boudin made frequent voyages to the Netherlands to paint its cities and countryside. The artist visited Dordrecht several times, eventually completing dozens of works devoted to the city. He painted several views of the Grote Kerk from a number of points of view—here, from a canal. Boudin’s practice of painting a motif from several viewpoints proved influential to his younger colleague Claude Monet, who later became known for his series of paintings devoted to...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Fitz Henry Lane
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Brooklyn Museum
by Flemish
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by Flemish
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Brooklyn Museum
by Francis Guy
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Brooklyn Museum
by Francis Guy
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Francis Guy’s prospect of Baltimore meticulously records the city’s distinctive topographical features, from the cliffs of Jones Falls Valley and “Howard’s Elm” in the foreground to the dense cluster of buildings that stretches to the harbor front. The contrast between built structures and natural forms speaks to a landscape transformed by urban development. Many of the buildings are readily identifiable, including the octagonal Pantheon (left foreground), where Guy planned to exhibit...
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Brooklyn Museum
by Francis William Edmonds
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Brooklyn Museum
by Frederic Edwin Church
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Brooklyn Museum
by Frederick Arthur Bridgman
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Everything in this scene—the clothing, architecture, and physical types of the people—suggests that Frederick Arthur Bridgman was presenting a slice of reality witnessed by him on his many trips to North Africa. In actuality, the painting was executed in Bridgman's Paris studio, which even had the lattice window and lounge shown here. Orientalism—the taste for Near Eastern subjects—was strong in the late nineteenth century, especially in the United States, where this painting was...
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Brooklyn Museum
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Brooklyn Museum
by Frédéric Jacque; Charles-Émile Jacque
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Brooklyn Museum
by Gaines Ruger Donoho
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Brooklyn Museum
by George Augustus Baker Jr.
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These two paintings are from a group of family portraits commissioned by the Brooklyn businessman John Southwick from George Baker, Jr., a prominent portraitist in New York. Baker’s contemporaries credited his success to his early work as a miniature painter, a craft he learned from his father. Such training helped the younger Baker hone his skills at modeling the human figure, creating delicate color effects, and fostering a sense of intimacy in full-scale oil portraits. Object metadata can...
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Brooklyn Museum
by George Augustus Baker Jr.
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Brooklyn Museum
by George H. Durrie
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by George Harvey
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by George Henry Hall
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by George Inness
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by George Inness
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