George Inness (American, 1825–1894)
Oil on canvas; 36 x 50 1/4 in. (91.4 x 127.6 cm)
Morris K. Jesup Fund, 1932 (32.151)
From 1857 to 1891, Inness painted a number of views of the Delaware Water Gap, located on the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey in the Adirondack Mountains. This early version, which reflects some of the tenets of the Hudson River School, juxtaposes a moving steam engine (at the left) and heavily laden barges on the river, with the pastoral element of grazing cows in the foreground. The panoramic view of the countryside is enhanced by dramatic climatic effects: a passing storm and a rainbow.