A Window, House on Hudson River

A Window, House on Hudson River
Title
A Window, House on Hudson River
Date 
1863
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions 
Overall: 27 x 19 1/2 in. (68.6 x 49.5 cm) frame: 39 x 31 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (39 x 31 1/2 x 4 1/4 in.)
Description 
An African-American nurse sits on the window seat in an elegantly furnished home holding a white baby in an elaborate outfit, possibly a christening dress. Light streams in from the window, blazing a path through the dim interior. Outside is a crystalline view of the Hudson River.
Credit Line 
The Robert L. Stuart Collection, on permanent loan from the New York Public Library
Object Number 
S-71
Gallery Label 
The nurse would have been an emancipated worker, since slavery had by this time been abolished in New York. The baby's outfit appears to be a christening dress and the open window in the background is a traditional symbol of hope. Whittredge was primarily a landscape painter and his genre scenes often included through-the-window landscapes. The setting for this painting is believed to be the Louisa Nevins residence in Riverside, N.Y.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group