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Study, North Conway, New Hampshire

Study, North Conway, New Hampshire

1851
(American, 1827–1908)
Framed: 63.8 x 74.3 x 7 cm (25 1/8 x 29 1/4 x 2 3/4 in.); Unframed: 43.2 x 53.3 cm (17 x 21 in.); Former: 52 x 62 x 8 cm (20 1/2 x 24 7/16 x 3 1/8 in.)

Did You Know?

North Conway, New Hampshire, markets itself as the birthplace of American skiing.

Description

Johnson’s devotion to carefully observing nature is evident in his detailed rendering of a riverbed. Located in a village that provided a popular jumping-off point for tourists visiting the White Mountains, this untamed site features a haphazard arrangement of angled boulders, slippery moss, splintered tree branches, and dense undergrowth. Contemporary travel guidebooks often cautioned against the physical challenges—and the potential for injury—encountered by venturing into such inner recesses of the woods; one warned that “wild forest-clambering” could be akin to “fighting a phalanx of porcupines.”
  • (R. Schoelkopf Gallery, New York)
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