Inscribed on the reverse: Painted by H. Inman, 1844/for C. M. Leupp, Esq., N. York/View of Rydal Water
Oil on canvas
20 x 24 inches
Charles M. Leupp, New York
Samuel P. Avery, New York (possibly)
W. H. Ingersoll, New York
New York, Brooklyn Museum, acquired 1901
Bernard and Dean Levy, New York
New York, National Academy of Design, 1845, no. 161 [lent by C. M. Leupp]
New York, American Art Union, Catalogue of Works by the Late Henry Inman; with a Biographical Sketch. Exhibition, for the benefit of his Widow and Family, at the Art-Union Rooms, no. 23
Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Institute, June, 1897 [lent by W. H. Ingersoll]
Washington, DC, National Collection of Fine Arts, Academy: The Academic Tradition in American Art, 1975, no. 88
Washington, DC, The National Portrait Gallery, The Works of Henry Inman, Apr. 3 - Aug. 2, 1987, no. 71
American Art-Union, Catalogue of Works by the Late Henry Inman; with a Biographical Sketch. Exhibition, for the benefit of his Widow and Family, at the Art-Union Rooms, no. 23
New-York Historical Society, National Academy of Design Exhibition Record, 1826-1860, 1940, vol. I, no. 161, p. 260
Lois Marie Fink and Joshua C. Taylor, Academy: The Academic Tradition in American Art, National Collection of Fine Arts, 1975, no. 88, p. 195, illus.
William H. Gerdts, The Works of Henry Inman, The National Portrait Gallery, Apr. 3 -Aug. 2, 1987, Washington, DC, no. 71, pp. 53, 56, illus. p. 25
The present work was inspired by a visit to Rydal Mount, the home of William Wordsworth. While visiting, Inman painted a portrait of the poet that both Wordsworth and his wife admired greatly. In response to a request from his New York patron, Charles Leupp, he painted a landscape, Rydal Water. The exhibition catalogue for the 1846 Inman memorial exhibition mentions a letter he wrote to his patron, Luman Reed, describing the genesis of the subject: Mr. Wordsworth pointed out the view and went with me when I made the sketch. It also included some verses by Wordsworth to enhance the mood of Inman's quiet scene:
Her only Pilot the soft breeze, the boat
Lingers; but Fancy is well satisfied:
With keen eyed Hope, with Memory at her side,
All that to each is precious, as we float
Gently along; regardless who shall chide
If the Heavens smile and leave us free to glide.
Happy associates! Breathing air remote
From trivial cares. But, Fancy and the Muse,
Why have I crowded this small bark with you
And other of your kind. Ideal crew!
While here sits one whose brightness owes its hues
To flesh and blood; no goddess from above,
No fleeting spirit, but my own true love.
C Property of a New York City Private Collector
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Frame: 28 1/2 x 32 1/3 inches
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