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Painters, Writers, and Tourists in the Nineteenth-Century Hudson River Valley; Autumn 2014 Review

The Hudson River Valley Review Autumn 2014 issue

Out now!


One of the most popular forms of public entertainment in the nineteenth-century United States was to participate in the “landscape experience.” Depending on one’s circumstance, this could mean owning an original Hudson River landscape painting, visiting the Catskill Mountain House, purchasing an engraving or taking a steamboat upriver to the Hudson Highlands, or attending an exhibition at the National Academy in New York. Central to all these experiences were paintings and writings, and the artists and authors who created them. Over the last several years, scholars have been re-examining the intersection of the landscape, nineteenth-century art, the viewing public, and the related growth of scenic tourism to the sites of the painters’ subjects. The essays in this volume are a fresh exploration of that intersection of the social, cultural, and artistic context in which the landscape experience developed and flourished.

This issue is a partial proceeds from the symposium “Revisiting the Hudson” sponsored by the State University of New York at New Paltz Art History Department and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. It coincided with an exhibition of works in the permanent collection of the New-York Historical Society. Kerry Dean Carso, associate professor of art history at SUNY New Paltz, organized the symposium with the assistance of Sara Pasti, the Neil C. Trager Director of the Dorsky Museum, and her staff. Dr. Carso then worked together with our Director Thomas S. Wermuth to transform those illustrated talks into the articles published here.

You can preview the issue, read the contributors’ notes, Book Reviews, and New and Noteworthy Books online at:

The Hudson River Valley Review is available at select booksellers and museum giftshops throughout the region for $15.00 each. Subscriptions are available through the website at:, or by calling 845-575-3052. A one-year subscription (two issues) is $20.00, save even more by subscribing for two years at $35.00.

Articles in the Autumn 2014 issue:

The Geography of the Ideal: The Hudson River and the Hudson River School,

Linda S. Ferber

Pencil and Pen in Defense of Nature: Thomas Cole and the American Landscape,

David P. Schuyler

Ruins on the Hudson and Beyond: The Nineteenth-Century Delight in Decay,

Kerry Dean Carso

Maya on the Hudson: Church’s Cayambe and Cruger’s “Folly”,

Kevin J. Avery

Glories of the Hudson: Frederic Church’s Views from Olana,

Evelyn Trebilcock and Valerie Balint

“‘His Nooks and Hiding Places’: Asher B. Durand’s Retreats in the Hudson Highlands,

Kenneth W. Maddox

Scenes “most impressive and delightful”: Nineteenth-Century Artists in the Shawangunks, Harvey K. Flad

Regional History Forum:

Russel Wright’s Manitoga,

Laila Shawwa



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