Asher B. Durand (1796–1886)
Oil on canvas
New York Public Library, New York, N.Y.
This painting depicts William Cullen Bryant and Thomas Cole, respectively the author and subject of the poem I posted yesterday, overlooking a river in Kaaterskill Clove, in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Durand, Bryant, and Cole were close friends, sharing a love of the natural beauty of the American wilderness. Durand painted this shortly after Cole passed away, presumably in his memory.