Poestenkill, Rensselaer County, New York

After Joseph H. Hidley
Date: 1865–1867
Engraver: G. W. Lewis, Albany, New York
Medium: Tinted and hand-colored lithograph on paper
Dimensions: 12.5 H x 19 L
Credit: Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase
Accession Number: 1969.1

The circumstances that led to the printing of one of Joseph Hidley’s Poestenkill townscapes are not known. Did Hidley solicit the Albany lithographer G. W. Lewis to make a print of his painting, or did Lewis see the painting elsewhere and spot a commercial opportunity? There are no surviving records to indicate whether or not Hidley received any profit from the prints but certainly they disseminated the artist’s name to a greater audience than his paintings alone could have accomplished.