Ashoken Junction

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The founders of The American Museum in Britain regarded this painting as the ‘grandparent’ of the Museum’s entire collection, as it was the first piece of Americana that they ever purchased.

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The founders of The American Museum in Britain regarded this painting as the ‘grandparent’ of the Museum’s entire collection, as it was the first piece of Americana that they ever purchased.

'Ashoken Junction, with its view of the Catskill Mountains, is worthy, modest, and provincial – more a historical document than a picture, akin to a print by Currier & Ives. It probably dates to about 1866, when the Ulster and Delaware Railroad was chartered. The locomotive is recorded with all the precision of a railway timetable. The large tender and funnel are both indicative of wood-fuelled steam-power, as unfamiliar to British eyes as the ‘cow-catcher’.' James Ayres, Director Emeritus of the John Judkyn Memorial

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Dated

From 1825 to 1874

Keywords

railroads, travel, ,

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Materials

» oil paint (paint)
» canvas

Technique

» painting (image-making)

Production place

» United States of America

Collection

» Folk Art Collection

Dimensions

50.5x60cm

Object number

1959.107

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