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Lake George

John William Casilear

American Art

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor

One of the chain of lakes forming the eastern boundary of New York State's Adirondack Mountains, Lake George rapidly became a national symbol of the scenic grandeur of the United States and a favorite resort for landscape painters at midcentury. John William Casilear's quietly luminous painting depicts the view from the southern of head end of the lake looking toward the Tongue Mountain range, which forms the western entrance to the Narrows. At the far right is a hotel, indicating the early popularity of Lake George as a tourist destination.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1857
DIMENSIONS 37 5/8 x 60 in. (95.5 x 152.4 cm) frame: 55 1/2 x 77 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (141 x 196.9 x 17.1 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "J.W.C. / 57."
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of The Roebling Society and Dick S. Ramsay Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION John William Casilear (American, 1811-1893). Lake George, 1857. Oil on canvas, 37 5/8 x 60 in. (95.5 x 152.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Roebling Society and Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 76.56 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 76.56_reference_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 76.56_reference_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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