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

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Graphite on paper mounted on blue paper
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 )
inscription: lower, pencil: "Baptisme des Anabaptists dans l'eau de la Hudson"
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...'
Credit Line: 
Gift of Robert William Glenroie Vail
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group