Mount Madison, View from Lead Mine Bridge

Lemuel D. Eldred, American, 1848 - 1921

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1878

Oil on canvas

Overall: 12 1/4 × 20 1/4 in. (31.1 × 51.4 cm)

Frame: 18 × 25 3/4 in. (45.7 × 65.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Bequest of Catherine H. Campbell

P.990.18

Geography

Place Made: United States, North America

Period

19th century

Object Name

Painting

Research Area

Painting

On view

Inscriptions

Signed and dated, lower left: L.D. Eldred-1878-; inscribed, by artist (?), in graphite, on stretcher reverse: Mt. Madison/View from [Lead Mine Bridge] [indistinct]/ [illegible-at Dusk (?) or, by Eldred?]

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A luminous pink and yellow sunset reflects over the still waters of the Androscoggin River. Eldred painted this 1878 scene from Lead Mine Bridge, which was described in 1880 as popular among “artists and romantic young couples.” With Mount Madison rising in the background, the scene’s natural beauty obscures the region’s pollutive lead mining industry. Eldred does not paint the shafts sunk into the bed of a nearby brook, which pumped air into the mines and water back out of them.

Rural nineteenth-century residents could not combat the effects of environmental catastrophe caused by capitalist industry. Mary Peabody, a local woman living in the region, described how “stagnant, milky looking water was very offensive, and many feared the foul gasses would generate fevers.” The lead poisoning Peabody describes is still an issue today. Extractive industries often affect the poorest communities who have the fewest resources to combat the system.

From the 2023 exhibition Liquidity: Art, Commodities, and Water, curated by Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art

Course History

First Year Student Enrichment Program - Cultures, Identities and Belongings, Francine A'Ness, Summer 2023

Anthropology 55.01, Anthropology of Global Health, Anne Sosin, Fall 2023

Anthropology 55.01, Anthropology of Global Health, Anne Sosin, Fall 2023

Art History 40.01, American Art and Identity, Mary Coffey, Fall 2023

Creative Writing 10.02, Writing and Reading Fiction, Katherine Crouch, Fall 2023

Geography 11.01, Qualitative Methods, Emma Colven, Fall 2023

Geography 2.01, Introduction to Human Geography, Coleen Fox, Fall 2023

Geography 31.01, Postcolonial Geographies, Erin Collins, Fall 2023

Exhibition History

Liquidity: Art, Commodities, and Water, Israel Sack Gallery and the Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 29, 2023-June 16, 2024.

Publication History

Catherine H. Campbell. New Hampshire Scenery, a dictionary of nineteenth-century artists of New Hampshire mountain landscapes. New Hampshire Historical Society, 1985

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