Jan 12, 2007


Atlantic and Great Western Railway



James Fitzallen Ryder Atlantic and Great Western Railway

(American, 1826–1904)

Albumen print from wet collodion negative

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.)

John L. Severance Fund 1996.238



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.

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