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Sunset. The Outlet of Cayuga and Seneca Lakes, New York

Object Number: 
1947.497
Date: 
1830s-40s
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, selective glazing, gouache, and scratching out on paper formerly laid on buff card
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 3/8 x 13 5/8 in. ( 21.3 x 34.6 cm )
Marks: 
signed: lower right, graphite: "G. Harvey" inscription: above picture, watercolor or ink: "Sun Set" inscription: below picture, watercolor or ink: "The Outlet of Cayuga and Seneca Lakes"
Inscriptions: 
Signed at lower right in green watercolor: "G. HARVEY."; card inscribed above in brown watercolor: "SUN SET."; below: "The OUTLET of CAYUGA and SENECA LAKES."
Description: 
Landscape
Gallery Label: 
This watercolor is one of Harvey's different epochs of the day, ca. 1830-40s. According to the artist, the view represents the outlet of the lakes at the intersection with the Erie Canal. At the time of the artist's visit, he was informed that when the workmen were building the canal the rattlesnakes infesting the adjacent marshes were so numerous that the workmen had to bind their legs with hay bands for protection against the bites of the reptiles.
Bibliography: 
Olson, Roberta J. M. "George Harvey's Anglo-American atmospheric landscapes." The Magazine Antiques 174 (2008): 112-121.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Charles E. Dunlap
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group