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A View of the Two Lakes and Mountain House, Catskill Mountains, Morning

In depicting the Mountain House, opened in 1824, Thomas Cole represented the popular focal point of the Catskill tourism. Cole's title designates the time of his view, taken from the vantage point of a solitary, wild perch, to be morning—recalling the fact that Mountain House visitors were routinely awakened at daybreak to observe the sun rising over the Hudson. The resort was set on 300 acres of a high plateau known as Pine Orchard offering dramatic mountain and valley views. Rather than representing the Mountain House in detail, Cole sought to place it within a panoramic expanse that included some of the area's best-known features, including the distinctive mountain peaks of High Peak and Round Top (right), and North and South Lakes.

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