Train

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Edward Bannister’s painting shows a train cutting through a rural landscape, where a railroad trestle interrupts the flow of the stream below. These familiar signs of progress in the nineteenth-century landscape highlight a concern shared by many of Bannister’s fellow painters, who worried that industrialization would soon destroy their nation’s natural beauty.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
ca. 1875-1880
Object number
1983.95.107
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Frederick and Joan Slatsky
Artist
Edward Mitchell Bannister, born St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1828-died Providence, RI 1901
Topic
Architecture\bridge
Landscape\river
Architecture\vehicle\train
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
6 x 8 1/4 in. (15.3 x 21.0 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Painting