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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Frederick Kensett, American (Cheshire, CT 1816 - 1872 New York, NY)
Mountain and Lake (Lake George)
Work Type
c. 1860
Creation Place: North America, United States
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
35.5 x 60.9 cm (14 x 24 in.)
framed: 42.2 x 68 x 4.5 cm (16 5/8 x 26 3/4 x 1 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l. J.K., partially visible
Acquired by William Hayes Fogg, New York; his bequest to his wife, Mrs. William Hayes Fogg, 1884; her bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1895.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Mrs. William Hayes Fogg
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

"The Kensett Sale", New York Evening Post (March 31, 1873), p. 2

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 73, ill.

The Collection of Over Five Hundred Paintings and Studies by the Late John F. Kensett, auct. cat., Olana Gallery (New York, 1977 (reprint 1873)), no. 578

Görel Cavalli-Björkman and Nils Göran Hökby, En Ny Värld, Amerikanst Landskapmåleri, 1830-1900/ A New World, American Landscape Painting, 1830-1900, exh. cat., Gothenburg Art Museum and National Museum Stockholm (Stockholm, Sweden, 1986)

Melissa Trafton, "Critics, Collectors, and the Nineteenth-Century Taste for the Paintings of John Frederick Kensett" (2003), University of California at Berkeley, pp. iii, 70, 143-45, 161, 295 ill, fig. 12, 423.

Kimberly Orcutt, "Personal Collecting Meets Institutional Vision: The Origins of Harvard's Fogg Art Museum", Journal of the History of Collections (2006), vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 267-284, 274, ill. 277, fig. 9

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press (U.S.) and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), pp. 321-22, cat. 285, ill.

Exhibition History

Collection of Over Five Hundred Paintings and Studies by the Late John F. Kensett, National Academy of Design, 03/24/1873 - 03/29/1873

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

A New World, American Landscape Painting, National Museum Stockholm, Stockholm, 09/18/1986 - 11/23/1986; Gothenburg Art Museum, Gothenburg, 12/06/1986 - 02/15/1987

The Persistence of Memory: Continuity and Change in American Cultures, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/29/1995 - 05/13/2001

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