John Frederick Kensett (American, Cheshire, Connecticut 1816–1872 New York)
Oil on canvas
44 1/8 x 66 3/8 in. (112.1 x 168.6 cm)
Bequest of Maria DeWitt Jesup, from the collection of her husband, Morris K. Jesup, 1914
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 761
Kensett visited Lake George in the Adirondacks on numerous occasions and made many studies of the area (see also 74.7, 74.11, 74.20). This painting is Kensett's largest and most accomplished treatment of the subject, as well as a fine example of his mature style. He has taken considerable liberties with the topography in composing the work, but certain specific sites can be identified. Kensett's vantage point was probably from Crown Island, off Bolton Landing on the west shore, looking across the lake northeast toward the Narrows. The distance has been substantially reduced in the representation, some of the islands have been omitted, and others relegated to the shore.
Signature: [at lower right]: J F. [monogram]
Morris K. Jesup, New York, 1869–died 1908; his wife, Maria DeWitt Jesup, New York, 1908–died 1914