Poestenkill, Rensselaer County, New York

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

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.

 

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