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On the Potomac
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On the Potomac


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Description Sonntag depicted idealized views of nature not yet affected by human development. This work dates from early in his career, when he was exploring the Potomac and Ohio Rivers for subjects. Sonntag began his career as a traveling landscape painter working in the Midwest. In 1846, after receiving a contract from the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to record the landscapes along the rail routes, he began to enjoy a growing clientele. With the proceeds from his sales, he traveled abroad, visiting Italy in 1853 and again in 1855. In Sonntag's later works, the rendering of light and atmosphere becomes subtler, reflecting an awareness of trends in contemporary European painting.
Exhibitions
  • The Walters' American Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005-2006.
  • Painting exchange with the Springfield Museum of Art. Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2007-2008.
Provenance Owned by Miss Margaret Hodges; given to Walters Art Museum, 1977.
Inscriptions [Signature] lower left: W.L. Sonntag
Credit Gift of Miss Margaret Hodges, 1977

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Period
1850
Medium
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.2539
Measurements
H: 36 x W: 56 in. (91.5 x 142.3 cm); Framed H: 47 7/16 × W: 67 11/16 × D: 2 13/16 in. (120.5 × 172 × 7.2 cm)
Geographies
  • USA (Place of Origin)

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