A Calm Watering Place--Extensive and Boundless Scene with Cattle

A Calm Watering Place--Extensive and Boundless Scene with Cattle


Alvan Fisher

(American, 1792-1863)

Oil on panel

Unframed: 78 x 102.2 cm (30 11/16 x 40 1/4 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1994.106


In this prime example of Fisher’s early rural pictures, a ferry delivers two wealthy women and their belongings ashore, as a herd of especially handsome cattle rests in the foreground. Boston-based Fisher was among the first American artists to specialize in landscape, recalling that “This species of painting being novel in this part of the country, I found it a more lucrative, pleasant and distinguishing branch of the art than portrait painting.”

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