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Palisades, from “The Hudson River Portfolio”

William Guy Wall, Irish, 1792–after 1864
John Hill, American (born England), 1770–1850
Hand-colored aquatint, etching, and engraving
New York, United States, North and Central America
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Not on view
image: 16 in. x 21 1/4 in. (40.6 x 54 cm)
plate: 17 3/4 x 24 1/8 in. (45.1 x 61.3 cm)
sheet: 19 1/8 x 25 3/16 in. (48.6 x 64 cm)
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The Sidney S. and Sadie Cohen Print Purchase Fund, Director's Discretionary Fund, and funds given by the estates of Babette T. Putzel and Louis R. Putzel, James and Joan Schiele, Paul M. Arenberg, an anonymous donor in honor of Nancy G. Rosenbaum, Mr. and Mrs. David C. Farrell, Nancy and Kenneth Kranzberg, and Charles and Jane Walbrandt
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A steamboat full of tourists gliding along the Hudson River gives a sense of scale to this view of the dramatic bluffs known as the Palisades. These cliffs rise as high as 550 feet above the water of the river only a few miles north of New York City. This image serves as reminder to city dwellers of the wonders of nature that lay just beyond their door. After its initial release, The Hudson River Portfolio quickly made its way into American popular culture. The images inspired an upsurge of the illustrated guidebooks that were pervasive in mid-19th century America. The sketches were even reproduced on the surfaces of dinnerware—Staffordshire Pottery’s Picturesque Views—which was sold commercially. The portfolio was so popular that a second edition was published between 1828 and 1833 with a run that numbered in the thousands.
- 1935
Kennedy & Company, New York, NY

Horace Havemeyer (1886-1956), purchased from Kennedy & Company, New York, NY [1]

1935 - 2001
Doris Havemeyer Catlin (1912-1975), gift of Horace Havemeyer, New York, NY; Daniel Catlin, M.D. (1908-2001), New York, NY [2]

2001 - 2008
Estate of Daniel Catlin, M.D., Hanover, NH

2008 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from the Estate of Daniel Catlin, M.D. [3]


[1] Per invoice dated November 9, 1935 [SLAM document files]

[2] In a letter from Daniel Catlin, Jr., dated September 11, 2014, he writes that this print and 7 others (5:2008.26, 5:2008.6, 5:2008.25, 5:2008.32, 5:2008.31, 5:2008.27, 5:2008.28) were given to his mother by her father in 1935.[SLAM document files]

[3] Per invoice dated February 4, 2008 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, March 5, 2008.
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