The Fenimore Art Museum Part One

And you thought we were done with art museums! Actually, I did too, but then we were given our free passes to the Fenimore Art Museum.


The Peaceable Kingdom 1825-1830, by Edward Hicks.  Oil on Canvas.  Hicks was taken in and raised by a Quaker family after his mother died and his father went into hiding because he was a Tory during the American Revolution.  Edward later became a highly regarded Quaker minister while continuing to paint.  Peaceable Kingdom was inspired by the Bible passage (Isaiah 11:6-9) engravings of Richard Westall.  (museum plaque).  The next three photos are close ups of, Peaceable Kingdom





Black Child 1815-1825, by Phillip Thomas Coke Tilyard– Oil on Canvas.  This honest, compassionate representation of an anonymous African American child is unusual for an early 19th century white artist.  This child’s identity, gender, class, and social position remain a mystery.  The short hairstyle and outfit give us no clues as to whether the child was a boy or a girl because this type of dress was common for either one during that time period.  His or her clothing suggests that he or she may have been a favored slave or the child of a free African American family.  (Museum plaque).



View of Cold Spring and Mount Taurus From Port Putnam 1850, by Thomas Chambers. Oil on Canvas.  Thomas Chambers emigrated to US from England in 1832.  His work as a landscape and marine artist is characterized by simple outlines, bold colors, and strong forms. This popular view from Fort Putnam on the Hudson River shows the village of Cold Spring, NY.  (Museum plaque).  The next two photos are close ups of this painting.




View of the Schoharie 1826, by Thomas Cole.  You may remember Thomas Cole’s series of paintings, The Voyage of Life from this post. This particular landscape shows a relaxed man overlooking a vast panorama of wooded hills. The lightning-ravaged tree serves as a reminder of mortality. Note how the light on the settled valley and the village of Esperance, New York, contrasts with the dark intensity of the passing storm. Thomas Cole is perhaps best known for two allegorical series of paintings called The Voyage of Life and The Course of Empire. A largely self-taught artist, he purposefully composed landscapes (as opposed to history paintings) to portray images that delivered strong messages to his patrons and public.  (Description retrieved from:  The next photo is a close up of the man in the painting.


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