|William Guy Wall Gallery|
|The Hudson River Portfolio|
|The Hudson River Port-Folio contains twenty aquatints views of the Hudson River valley engraved by John Hill after paintings by William G. Wall. This is one of the finest set of views of the Hudson River ever published. The Hudson River runs 315 miles from the Adirondack Mountains to New York City. The views start near Lake Luzerne and end with a view of New York City from Governors Island. The original proposal was for twenty-four prints; however, only twenty were ever published between 1821 to 1825. William Guy Wall and The Hudson River Portfolio In the summer of 1820 the Irish-born and trained landscape artist William Guy Wall (1792-after 1864) went on an extended sketching tour of the Hudson River Valley and its environs. A selection of Wall's watercolors recording sights on his tour was engraved by the master printmaker John Hill (1770-1850) in The Hudson River Portfolio, published in New York City by Henry J. Megarey between 1821 and 1825. Long considered a cornerstone in the development of American printmaking and landscape painting, its twenty topographical views cover roughly 212 miles of the 315-mile course of the Hudson River. This undertaking paved the way for a wider public appreciation of landscape in the United States. The first series of prints to make Americans aware of the beauty and sublimity of their own scenery, the seminal Portfolio helped to stimulate national pride and cultural identity and was so popular that it was reprinted in 1828 by G. & C. & H. Carvill. It is no wonder that Wall is often seen as a forerunner of the first group of American landscape painters to focus on American subjects known as the Hudson River School. The Hudson River Portfolio follows the format of the well-established English picturesque touring itineraries featuring both images and text. All eight known extant watercolors preparatory for The Portfolio's aquatints are in the Society's collection. They are exhibited in this gallery, together with alternative views that were not reproduced as plates, nature studies by Wall, and a selection of independent impressions of the plates as well as a bound copy of the entire Portfolio. Like most eighteenth- and nineteenth-century books of engravings, The Hudson River Portfolio was issued serially in small groups of plates. According to the prospectus printed on the inside cover of the first number, the complete Portfolio was to be produced in six installments, each of which was to contain four aquatints and text written by John Agg.|
|Publication City: New York|
Medium: Hand-colored engraving by John Hill
Dimensions: 13 15/16 x 20 15/16 inches
Date: c. 1822
|SELECTIONS FROM THIS WORK|
Fort Edward. No. 10 of The Hudson River Portfolio.
Hadley's Falls. No. 5 of The Hudson River Portfolio.
View near Sandy Hill. No. 7 of The Hudson River Portfolio.