This large studio work was commissioned in 1864 by Milton Courtright (1810 - 1883). Courtright was born and raised on his family's farm in the heart of the Wyoming Valley. In his account book, Cropsey recorded a payment of $125 from Courtright on August 4, 1864, and three additional payments in January, March, and May 1865, totaling $3, 500. On August 8, Cropsey made at least two preparatory drawings of the site (now in Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). One of these served as the basis for the oil sketch for this painting (see 25.110.63). This final version of the picture was shown at the National Academy of Design in New York in 1865. It retains an original frame and plaque with a poem written in 1809 by the Scottish poet Thomas Campbell.
Milton Courtright, Erie, Pennsylvania and New York, 1865–died 1882; probably with his wife (died 1885) or his estate, from 1882 Private Collection; his son and granddaughter; Howard J. Peters, Erie, Pennsylvania, by 1963–1964; Mrs. John C. Newington, Greenwich, Connecticut, by 1964–1966
Artist: Compiled by Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, Rossville, New York 1823–1900 Hastings-on-Hudson, New York)Date: 1847Medium: Leather (cover)
Various media (sheets)Accession: 1970.9On view in:Not on view
Artist: Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, Rossville, New York 1823–1900 Hastings-on-Hudson, New York)Date: 1890Medium: Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on off-white wove paperAccession: 1992.97On view in:Not on view
Artist: Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, Rossville, New York 1823–1900 Hastings-on-Hudson, New York)Date: 1849Medium: Graphite on dark buff-colored wove paperAccession: 1970.9.26 versoOn view in:Not on view