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

Did you know?

Some of his fellow artists hired Alvan Fisher to paint animals into their own works because he was so skilled at it.


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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