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[Untitled] Covered Bridge across the Sacanaga River.

  • ARTIST: William Wall

  • MEDIUM: Watercolor on paper,

    DATE: c.1820-25.

  • EDITION SIZE: Paper size 10 5/8 x 17 5/8" (27 x 45 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: The location of this scene is at the confluence of the Sacanadaga and Hudson River's in Hadley, New York. The covered bridge was built by Obadiah Wilcox. The same basic locale was used in the Hudson River Portfolio aquatint, The Junction of the Sacandaga and Hudson Rivers., Plate 2.<br><br> William Guy Wall (1792–1864) American painter of Irish birth. Wall was born in Dublin in 1792 and arrived in New York in 1818. He was already a well-trained artist and soon became well known for his watercolor views and vistas of New York City and Hudson River Valley.<br><br> Some of these watercolors were published as engravings by John Hill and his son John William Hill in the Hudson River Portfolio (New York, 1821-1825), one of the first publications to make Americans aware of the beauty of their own country. Wall's landscapes (and a few seascapes) were straightforward representations of America's awe-inspiring vistas—neither romanticized nor idealized. He is considered either a forerunner or an early member of the Hudson River school. <br><br> Wall was a founding member of the National Academy of Design and exhibited frequently at such institutions as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia) and the Apollo Association (New York). He lived in America from 1812 to 1835 and again from 1856 to 1860. He returned to Ireland in 1860 and died in Dublin in 1864. <br><br>