The Adirondack Mountains, Near Elizabethtown, Essex Co., N.Y.
John Henry Dolph
Oil on Canvas, 1866
Elizabethtown, Essex County was founded in 1798 and was a center of the early lumber industry. By the 19th century it had become a destination for tourists because of its natural beauty.
John Henry Dolph (1835-1903) was a New York City- based artist who painted in several formats — still life, landscape and portraiture. He received special recognition for his landscapes and genre scenes of American rural life, but after 1875 painted mainly playful scenes of animals.
Unlike most other mountains, the Adirondacks were not formed along a fault line. Instead they are part of a geological dome that rises from 1 to 3 millimeters every year.
Rockwell Kent (1882–1971) is considered one of the most important American artists of the 20th century. In addition to his art, Kent was also known for his advocacy on behalf of organized labor and war refugees.