View down the Potomack, from the Junction of the Cohongoronta and the Shenandoah in Virginia
William Strickland, Joseph Halfpenny
William Strickland, an English naturalist and agriculturalist, toured the eastern United States in 1794–95, sketching scenic landmarks and keeping a journal along the way. Based on an on-the-spot pencil drawing, this watercolor depicts the confluence of the Shenandoah and Upper Potomac (also called the Cohongoronta) rivers at Harper’s Ferry, now in West Virginia. When Strickland published his impressions of America after his return, his landscape images helped to familiarize English-speaking audiences with American scenery and to foster tourism in the young nation.
Watercolor over graphite on cream, moderately thick, slightly to moderately textured laid paper mounted to paperboard
Overall: 20 11/16 x 27 1/2 in. (52.5 x 69.9 cm)
Image paper: 18 1/8 x 25 in. (46 x 63.5 cm)
Frame: 30 1/2 x 37 1/8 x 2 in. (77.5 x 94.3 x 5.1 cm)
Signed lower left: "Sketched June 1795 by William Strickland Esqur"; and signed lower right: "finished by Joseph Halfpenny 1796"
Inscribed in black ink along bottom: "View down the Potomack, from the junction of the Cohongoronta and the Shenandoah in Virginia"
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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