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Bash-Bish Falls, Massachusetts

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Like Thomas Cole, John Frederick Kensett extolled the drama of the rocky rushing waterfalls found in the American landscape. Kensett had trained as an engraver and traveled abroad before settling in New York City in 1847. By 1855 when he painted this version of the southwestern Massachusetts...

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Inscription

Lower right: JF.K. 1855. [JFK in monogram]

Provenance

1855, sold to Governor Hamilton Fish (1808-1893), New York, for $300. 1945, with Thomas J. Gannon, Inc., New York; 1945, to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1948, bequest of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948)

Credit Line

Bequest of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815-1865

1855

Dimensions

75.88 x 61.28 cm (29 7/8 x 24 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

48.437

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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