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Edmund Darch Lewis (American, 1835 - 1910)

Mount Washington, New Hampshire

Mount Washington, New Hampshire

1865
oil on canvas
51 7/8 x 90 1/2 in.

Purchased with funds from the Morton R. Hirschberg Bequest, AP.1990.17.1

Born and educated in Philadelphia, Edmund Darch Lewis studied painting for only a short time before he began exhibiting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and later at the National Academy of Design in New York. He quickly became one of the most popular painters in Philadelphia, specializing in landscapes and marine scenes of New England.

This monumental painting highlighting Mount Washington in north central New Hampshire is sublime and picturesque in its grandeur. The placid, timeless scene depicts the majesty and power of nature and evokes the doctrine of Manifest Destiny that motivated settlers to explore America's frontiers. The heroic landscape appears virtually unspoiled by human encroachment, yet signs of taming the wilderness are evident in the well-traveled path, the cleared land, the grazing cows, and the inclusion of two fishermen. Lewis followed the nineteenth-century formula for landscapes by depicting a foreground, middleground, and background receding into infinity. The preparatory sketch done on site for this panoramic view can be found in the Edmund Darch Lewis Sketchbook Collection at The Athenaeum in Philadelphia.

Visitor's Comments:

"I learned how to paint forests from this picture and the details of the mirror lake and the walking path inspired me to paint again. Thank you!" - anonymous

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Permanent Art Location: 
American
Permanent Art Life Span: 
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Catalog Number: 
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Permanent Artist First Name: 
Edmund Darch
Permanent Artist Last Name: 
Lewis
Permanent Image: 
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Permanent Year: 
1865
Permanent Period: 
Late 18th and 19th Century American Art
Permanent Material: 
oil on canvas<br /> 51 7/8 x 90 1/2 in.

Born and educated in Philadelphia, Edmund Darch Lewis studied painting for only a short time before he began exhibiting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and later at the National Academy of Design in New York. He quickly became one of the most popular painters in Philadelphia, specializing in landscapes and marine scenes of New England.

This monumental painting highlighting Mount Washington in north central New Hampshire is sublime and picturesque in its grandeur. The placid, timeless scene depicts the majesty and power of nature and evokes the doctrine of Manifest Destiny that motivated settlers to explore America's frontiers. The heroic landscape appears virtually unspoiled by human encroachment, yet signs of taming the wilderness are evident in the well-traveled path, the cleared land, the grazing cows, and the inclusion of two fishermen. Lewis followed the nineteenth-century formula for landscapes by depicting a foreground, middleground, and background receding into infinity. The preparatory sketch done on site for this panoramic view can be found in the Edmund Darch Lewis Sketchbook Collection at The Athenaeum in Philadelphia.

Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from the Morton R. Hirschberg Bequest
Permanent Quote: 
"I learned how to paint forests from this picture and the details of the mirror lake and the walking path inspired me to paint again. Thank you!" <strong>- anonymous</strong>
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Born and educated in Philadelphia, Edmund Darch Lewis studied painting for only a short time before he began exhibiting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and later at the National Academy of Design in New York. He quickly became one of the most popular painters in Philadelphia, specializing in landscapes and marine scenes of New England.

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Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from the Morton R. Hirschberg Bequest
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Permanent Art Location: 
American
Permanent Art Life Span: 
1835 - 1910
Catalog Number: 
AP.1990.17.1
Permanent Artist First Name: 
Edmund Darch
Permanent Artist Last Name: 
Lewis
Permanent Image: 
Add "c."?: 
No
Permanent Year: 
1865
Permanent Period: 
Late 18th and 19th Century American Art
Permanent Material: 
oil on canvas<br /> 51 7/8 x 90 1/2 in.

Born and educated in Philadelphia, Edmund Darch Lewis studied painting for only a short time before he began exhibiting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and later at the National Academy of Design in New York. He quickly became one of the most popular painters in Philadelphia, specializing in landscapes and marine scenes of New England.

This monumental painting highlighting Mount Washington in north central New Hampshire is sublime and picturesque in its grandeur. The placid, timeless scene depicts the majesty and power of nature and evokes the doctrine of Manifest Destiny that motivated settlers to explore America's frontiers. The heroic landscape appears virtually unspoiled by human encroachment, yet signs of taming the wilderness are evident in the well-traveled path, the cleared land, the grazing cows, and the inclusion of two fishermen. Lewis followed the nineteenth-century formula for landscapes by depicting a foreground, middleground, and background receding into infinity. The preparatory sketch done on site for this panoramic view can be found in the Edmund Darch Lewis Sketchbook Collection at The Athenaeum in Philadelphia.

Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from the Morton R. Hirschberg Bequest
Permanent Quote: 
"I learned how to paint forests from this picture and the details of the mirror lake and the walking path inspired me to paint again. Thank you!" <strong>- anonymous</strong>
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