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James Hamilton : “Scene on the Hudson (Rip Van Winkle)” (1845)

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Hamilton’s painting combines several scenes from Washington Irving’s short story. The hazy river valley beyond the trees evokes the Catskills, where Rip Van Winkle looked out over the Hudson River “moving on its silent but majestic course.” Beneath the cavernous rock, several men enjoy a game of ninepins while Rip drinks the brew that will make him sleep for twenty years and awake to a different world. Irving wrote his stories for sophisticated urban Americans, whose fast-moving culture, fed by the nation’s industrialization, was displacing the rural society of the old Dutch Knickerbockers of the Hudson Valley.

(Text courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum).

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