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Art Museum: "Scenic Wonder: The Hudson River Portfolio" Closes

  • Saint Louis Art Museum One Fine Arts Drive St. Louis, MO 63110 USA (map)

This exhibition displays the Hudson River Portfolio—a significant cornerstone in the development of American landscape art. This print portfolio consists of 20 views along the Hudson River, starting at its source in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Viewed in sequence, the prints take the viewer on a scenic 315-mile tour downriver, ending in New York Bay. Important commercial and natural landmarks of waterfalls and towns, such as West Point, are illustrated. Originally drawn in watercolor by the Irish-born artist William Guy Wall, these Hudson River scenes were printed between 1821 and 1825 in the form of hand-colored aquatints by master printer John Hill. 

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