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George Inness

The Lackawanna Valley. George Inness

circa 1856
oil on canvas
Height: 860 mm (33.86 in). Width: 1,275 mm (50.2 in).
National Gallery of Art
Accession number 1945.4.1
Object history

Commissioned c. 1856 by the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad, Scranton, Pennsylvania.[1] The artist, from 1891; by inheritance 1894 to his daughter, Mrs. Jonathan Scott Hartley, New York; (her sale, American Art Association, New York, 24 March 1927, no. 76, as The First Roundhouse of the D. L. and W. R. R. at Scranton); (Henry Schulteis Gallery, New York); (sale, Parke Bernet Galleries, New York, 24 February 1938, no. 54, as The First Roundhouse of the D.L. & W. Railroad, Scranton, Pennsylvania); (Henry Schulteis Gallery, New York); sold 14 May 1944 to (M. Knoedler & Co., New York); purchased February 1945 by Millicent Rogers [Mrs. Huttleson Rogers, 1900 1953], Washington, D.C.; gift 1945 to NGA.[2]

[1] Commissioned of Inness at about this time and later sold by the railroad at an unknown date.


[2] According to the 21 May 1945 minutes of the NGA Board of Trustees, Millicent Rogers, living in Washington at the time, offered to purchase the painting for the NGA. It was then owned by M. Knoedler & Co., New York.

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