A Home in the Wilderness

A Home in the Wilderness

1866

Sanford Robinson Gifford

(American, 1823-1880)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 114.9 x 173.7 x 16.5 cm (45 1/4 x 68 3/8 x 6 1/2 in.); Unframed: 76.8 x 135.7 cm (30 1/4 x 53 7/16 in.); Former: 96 x 154.5 x 9 cm (37 13/16 x 60 13/16 x 3 9/16 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund; The Butkin Foundation; Dorothy Burnham Memorial Collection and various donors by exchange 1970.162

Fun Fact

Gifford considered this painting to be one of his finest creations.

Description

Gifford’s view of Mount Hayes in New Hampshire records human intrusion into a remote landscape. On the left riverbank a log cabin stands amid a recently cleared patch of land with several tree stumps, while figures in its doorway greet a man who has arrived with a canoe of supplies.

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