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Baptism of Anabaptists in the Hudson River, Sandy Hill, New York

Baptism of Anabaptists in the Hudson River, Sandy Hill, New York
Title
Baptism of Anabaptists in the Hudson River, Sandy Hill, New York
Date 
1817
Medium 
Graphite on paper mounted on blue paper
Dimensions 
Overall: 3 5/8 x 5 5/8 in. ( 9.2 x 14.3 cm ) mat: 11 x 14 in. ( 27.9 x 35.6 cm )
Credit Line 
Gift of Robert William Glenroie Vail
Object Number 
1957.84
Marks 
inscription: lower, pencil: "Baptisme des Anabaptists dans l'eau de la Hudson"
Inscriptions 
Inscribed at lower center in graphite: "Baptisme des Anabaptists dans l'eau de la R Hudson"; blue paper inscribed above: "Amerique"
Gallery Label 
This is an on-the-spot sketch of a baptismal ceremony which took place at Sandy Hill (Hudson Falls), New York, in September 1817. Milbert recorded the following account of the incident in his Pictureespue Itienerary: "Upon my return from Whitehall to Hudson Falls, I was invited to attend the baptism of an anabaptist girl eighteen or twenty-years-old. Custom decreed that the minister should immerse her in the river, and this ceremony was performed at ten o'clock on a damp, cold morning...'
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group