Tannery in the Catskills

Attributed to William Hart, American (born Scotland), 1823 - 1894


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early 1850s

Oil on canvas

Overall: 13 × 20 in. (33 × 50.8 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through gifts from the Class of 1955 in honor of their sixtieth reunion



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

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Not on view


Not signed or dated; canvas stamp [indistinct and partially obscured] on reverse: PREPARED / BY / EDWD DECHAUX / NEW YORK [top and bottom lines curved so as to form oval]; typed, on red-bordered gum label formerly on an old backing [original in object file]: The two mountainsides and valley / were purchased by David Woodworth in the 1840s for lumbering. His wife was my great, great Aunt Orilla Clement Woodworth. Bark from the trees was supplied to the tannery which was operated by Colonel. H.D.H. Snyder. My father learned to swim in this creek about 1883. By that time the tannery had been torn down, but the old Woodworth homestead lasted till 1955. January, 1957 John H. Ricketson III [signed in ink]

Course History

ARTH 85, Senior Seminar in Theory and Method, Mary Coffey, Fall 2015

Exhibition History

American Art, Colonial to Modern, Israel Sack Gallery and Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26, 2019-September 12, 2021.


Col. H.D.H. Snyder, Woodland, New York; M. Knoedler & Co., New York, New York, 1956; probably sold to John Howland Ricketson, III (1902-1986), Buzzard’s Bay, Massachusetts [he owned it by 1957]; Northeast Auctions, Hampton, New Hampshire, The Collection of John Howland Ricketson III, May 29, 1993, lot 137 [as by James MacDougal Hart, Tannery at Woodland Valley, Ulster County, Pennsylvania [sic], illustrated; Spanierman Gallery, New York, New York; sold to Paul Worman (dealer), New York, New York, 2006; sold to Alexander Gallery, New York, New York, 2006; sold to present collection, 2015.

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