Early Americana: 19th-Century Landscapes from Eastern America

Ansel Adams' western American landscapes will always be the iconic photographic representation of early America, hence the reason so many other photographers he influenced gave their own visual attempts of canyons and valleys in the West Coast. Here we have a rare, early preview of 19th century East America.

James F. Ryder, Atlantic & Great Western Railway, 1862, albumen print, 7 3/8 x 9 3/4 inches, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mary and Dan Solomon and Patrons’ Permanent Fund; Josiah Johnston Hawes, Winter on the Common, 1850s, Salted paper print, 7 3/4 x 9 5/16 inches, Collection of William L. Schaeffer; John Moran, The Wissahickon Creek near Philadelphia, c. 1863, Albumen print, 10 3/8 x 13 inches, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation through Robert and Joyce Menschel

This display focuses on the impact of the Civil War and the important role of industrialization and environmental preservation and is divided into a diverse set of aesthetic, moral, topographic, and instrumental concerns, from 1839 to 1899.

Await the upcoming display East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography in New Orleans Museum of Art, October 6, and will run through January 7, 2018.

George Barker, Niagara Falls, 1886, Albumen print, 21 1/4 x 17 3/8 inches, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc.; Thomas H. Johnson, Waymart, c. 1863–1865, Albumen print, 12 1/16 x 16 1/8 inches, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Alfred H. Moses and Ferm M. Shrad Fund; Henry Peter Bosse, Construction of Rock and Brush Dam, L.W., 1891, Cyanotype, 10 7/16 x 13 1/8 inches, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mary and Dan Solomon

Images are from the press kit.

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