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Highlights: Tourism and the American Landscape
Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Moran

Highlights: Tourism and the American Landscape
Winslow Homer (American, 1836- 1910), White Mountain Wagon, 1869. Brush and oil paint on wood panel. Gift of Mrs. Charles Savage Homer, Jr., 1918- 20-9. Photography by Matt Flynn.

Highlights: Tourism and the American Landscape
After Thomas Moran (American, 1837- 1926), Castle Geyser, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone, published 1874. Chromolithograph on white wove paper. Museum purchase through gift of Louis R. Ehrich, 1941-9-1. Photography by Matt Flynn

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum,
2 East 91st Street,
New York, NY
May 19–October 22
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In the nineteenth-century, romanticized views of Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and other scenic areas piqued national interest and contributed to a burgeoning tourist industry. As incomes grew and working people enjoyed more leisure time in the second half of the century, the market for prints, photographs, and other tourist souvenirs grew. Exploring the promotion of tourism in nineteenth-century America and the part Church, Homer, and Moran played in it, the exhibit presents more than 100 landscape paintings and sketches, along with such ephemera as hotel and railroad brochures, maps and tourist guidebooks. Notable works on view include Homer's Man with a Knapsack (1873), Moran's drawing of Toltec Gorge, Colorado (1881), and Church's oil sketch Schoodic Peninsula from Mount Desert at Sunrise (1850-1855). Also on view is a rare painted-tile fireplace surround created by Homer in 1878, one of only a few painted and glazed tile compositions Homer created during his brief foray into the decorative arts as a member of the Tile Club (1877-1887).

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