Atlantic and Great Western Railway


(American, 1826–1904)
Image: 18.8 x 23.7 cm (7 3/8 x 9 5/16 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)
Location: not on view
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Like other prominent photographers of the 1800s, Ryder, a Clevelander, undertook commissioned works from the expanding railroad industry to document the safety and convenience of railway travel, as well as to endorse resettlement on company-owned land and reassure investors. The serpentine track in this charming image winds its way through a dense forest, leading the viewer’s imagination to unexpected adventures.



James Fitzallen Ryder, Atlantic and Great Western Railway

(American, 1826–1904), null
America, 19th century

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