Delaware Water Gap

Artist: George Inness (American, Newburgh, New York 1825–1894 Bridge of Allan, Scotland)

Date: 1861

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 36 x 50 1/4 in. (91.4 x 127.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Morris K. Jesup Fund, 1932

Accession Number: 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. 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.