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Woodland Stream, An Idyll

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Woodland Stream, An Idyll

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Robert S. Duncanson
American, 1817–1872


ca. 1865


Oil on canvas

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6 x 9 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 307


Widely regarded as a leading landscape painter, Robert Duncanson was among the first African American artists to achieve international recognition. During the Civil War, he retreated to Canada for two years and then to England and Scotland, where he painted this picture.

In the Romantic tradition of the idyll—a scene of rural simplicity—the subject transports viewers to a location of contemplative peace. At the end of the war in 1866, Duncanson abruptly left England for his hometown of Cincinnati.


Purchase with funds from Helen and Howard Elkins and through prior acquisition from Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable, with gifts of the Alan R. Liederman family and Dr. and Mrs. Joel E. Berenson, and with additional funds from Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schwob