A solitary wanderer--his pack bundle dangling from a stick over his shoulder--traverses a...
A solitary wanderer--his pack bundle dangling from a stick over his shoulder--traverses a Hudson Valley landscape.We see the river behind him, and in the background mountains rise. While natural features dominate the scene signs of settlement appear as well--two simple houses and a pioneer's rail fence. The view combines two sources of pride for early Americans: the beauty of the land and progress of domestication.
Finishing the brown transfer scene is the signature border of Clew's "Picturesque Views" series: flowers and scrolls punctuated by an easily recognized motif, a long-tailed bird perched on a bit of fretwork.
|Dimensions:||Diameter 3 3/4 in.|
|Condition:||Very slight bruise at two o'clock -- hard to find
Examples of this view are illustrated and identified in Jeffrey B. Snyder's Historic...
Examples of this view are illustrated and identified in Jeffrey B. Snyder's Historical Staffordshire, American Patriots & Views (p. 53). Ellouise Baker Larsen in American Historical Views on Staffordshire China also lists the view in her section "Picturesque Views By Clews, 1829-1936" (p.70, Dover Edition). Larsen notes that the scene is from a painting by William Guy Wall executed around 1820 and included by Henry I. Megarey in his Hudson River Port Folio.