You can navigate our site using the Artists and Subjects links using the menu at the top of every page or links within a sidebar on pages without image galleries (like this page). You can always find the sidebar links by clicking on any of the four top menu items: About, Artists, Subjects, or Contact. Gallery pages are without the sidebar to provide for maximum use of the page width for images.
To get biographical information about the artist click on Artists and then click on the artist’s name. If there is a virtual gallery for that artist, there will be a Gallery link to the right of the artist’s name. By clicking on Subjects, you can view virtual galleries by scenes within the White Mountains. Click on the navigation link at the top of the page, e.g. Mountains, then click on a mountain in the list such as Mount Washington. Click on the thumbnail image of a painting to get a larger image with details on the particular painting, e.g type, size, signature, etc. Each larger image will also have further links at the bottom under Links to photo comparisons (if available), annotated topographical features (if available), related subject galleries, the artist’s biography, and the artist’s gallery. Click here for an example.
We have a gallery of known images of the artists. Just navigate to Artists and click on the Images of the Artists link at the top of the page. We also have a large gallery of all paintings within our site. Just navigate to Subjects and click on All White Mountain Art Paintings at the top of the page. Be patient — this gallery may be slow to load, since it has hundreds of thumbnails of the paintings within our site.
Throughout the site, there will often be names of towns, e.g. North Conway, Jackson. If there is no state identification, these towns are within the state of New Hampshire. When out-of-state, the town is followed by its two-letter state postal code, e.g. Fryeburg, ME.
Identification of the Mountains
The mountains are identified in the caption of the painting image as they are seen in the painting, from left to right, regardless of the relative size of the mountains. See the image on this page of Mount Washington and Mount Madison.
Paintings are generally titled by their subject(s) followed by their approximate location by town or geographical feature within the town. For example, Mount Washington from the Saco River, North Conway. If a painting has an actual title by the artist, that title is listed in the details for the painting and may be accompanied, if available, by an actual image of the inscription. Click here for an example.
Size, Signatures, Inscriptions
Paintings are described by their canvas size or panel size, but watercolors are described by their image size. Sizes are given by height first and width second, e.g. 10 x 16 inches refers to an image 10 inches high by 16 inches wide. Size is followed by medium, e.g watercolor, oil on canvas, etc. How the painting is signed and dated is given exactly as this appears, including any punctuation. If the signature or inscription takes more than one line, each new line is indicated by the slash character, / . Qualifying information, if any, is given within square brackets, [ ].
Verso inscriptions are also stated exactly as they appear, including punctuation and line breaks. When signatures and/or verso inscriptions are shown, clicking on the thumbnail will show a full image, plus links to the artist biography, e.g. Johnson, and artist gallery, e.g. Johnson Gallery. If the thumbnail is from a painting within our site, there will also be a link titled Painting, that will allow you to view the full image of the painting. Click on the DJ and Study images on this page for examples.
We strive for accuracy in the identification of these scenes, because we believe the artists themselves were very accurate in their depictions of the topography of the landscape. See Comparisons. We sometimes include annotated topographical features of the mountains depicted. If you believe our identifications are inaccurate, please contact us with your comments. We are also seeking additional images of paintings as well as up-to-date biographical information and source material on the more than 400 painters who were known to have painted in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the 19th century. Please help us improve this site and contribute visitor supplied information.
Many pages within the site give links to additional information within a sidebar. (Galleries of images do not have the sidebar in order to make use of the full-page width.) On mobile devices with small screens, the sidebar links are found at the bottom of the page rather than on the right side of the page. A log of recent changes to the site is found under What’s New. For an historical review of White Mountain art, see History. To view some paintings compared to a modern photograph of the scene, just click on Comparisons. Many exhibitions are available in virtual form long after the exhibition has ended. Or, there may be catalogs of these exhibition. Check out White Mountain exhibitions on our Exhibitions page. For links to other educational sites, use Educational Resources. We have an extensive Bibliography for those seeking more information. If you wish to share information with others, please review our Conditions of Use. If you wish to share information with the authors, please review our Visitor Supplied Information. You may remain anonymous, or you may receive credit on our Acknowledgments page.
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