Robert S. Duncanson (American, 1821-1872)
oil on canvas, Framed: 38.50 x 63.00 x 6.50 cm (15 1/8 x 24 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches); Unframed: 30.20 x 54.50 cm (11 7/8 x 21 7/16 inches). Gift of William Macbeth 1947.198
Duncanson was the first African American painter to achieve recognition at home and abroad. Although most of his career was spent in Cincinnati, he painted this calm, panoramic scene during a journey up the Mississippi River to Canada, which he likely made to escape the upheaval of the Civil War. Duncanson worked in Montreal and London, England, before returning home after the war.