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Summer Travel Advice from Hudson River School Painters

Chelsea DeLay | May 30th, 2014 | Posted in Essays

The sun is shining and the temperatures are rising, which means that summer is almost here! It’s hard to believe that the month of June is already knocking on our doors, yet

it’s easy to welcome the seasonal change after enduring such a brutal winter. Here in New York, the city is in full bloom—the streets and parks are now thronged with people happy to be outside and enjoying the weather. For many of those who live within the five boroughs, the impending summer months warrant mass weekend-exoduses from the city to the coast— a relaxing beach being the only requisite of the final destination.

During the nineteenth century, many Hudson River School painters discovered inspiration along the shoreline of the East Coast, which offered a limitless supply of rocky beaches, fiery sunsets, and bustling harbors. Coastal scenes and seascapes by Alfred Thompson Bricher, William Stanley Haseltine, Martin Johnson Heade, John Frederick Kensett, Edward Moran, and William Trost Richards were instrumental in popularizing picturesque locales throughout the New England region. For those of you who are hopeful beachgoers, I advise viewing works by these painters as an illustrated travel guide: Richards suggests a day-trip to the Rockaways, Kensett proposes a weekend-getaway to Newport, Rhode Island, and Bricher tempts us with the gently lapping waves of Narragansett Beach.

Embrace the coming season with a visit to the gallery, where our Hudson River School masterpieces offer both summer travel inspiration and aesthetic enjoyment!

Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837–1908) Narragansett Shore, 1871  Oil on paper mounted on board 6 3/8 x 12 3/16 inches Signed and dated 1871 lower left

Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837–1908), Narragansett Shore, 1871
Oil on paper mounted on board, 6 3/8 x 12 3/16 inches
Signed and dated 1871 lower left

William Trost Richards (1833–1905) Rockaway Beach, 1891  Oil on canvas 18¾ x 30⅝ inches Signed and dated lower left: Wm. T. Richards. 91.; inscribed on stretcher bar: Rockaway Beach / By W. T. Richards

William Trost Richards (1833–1905), Rockaway Beach, 1891
Oil on canvas, 18¾ x 30⅝ inches
Signed and dated lower left: Wm. T. Richards. 91.; inscribed on stretcher bar: Rockaway Beach / By W. T. Richards

John Frederick Kensett (1816–1872) Newport Study: Rocks near Newport Oil on canvas 9 1/16 x 16 3/16 inches

John Frederick Kensett (1816–1872), Newport Study: Rocks near Newport
Oil on canvas, 9 1/16 x 16 3/16 inches

Chelsea DeLay is a Researcher at Questroyal Fine Art. Chelsea earned her MA in art business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, and her BA in art history and classical studies. Her interest in American paintings first began while working at an auction house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and has multiplied exponentially since joining the Questroyal team.