Afternoon at Rocky Point (Target Rock)
James Long Scudder, Oil on Canvas, 1875
In the 18th century, Rocky Point was used as a transhipment point for cordwood from Long Island to New York City.
About the Artist: The son of a sea captain, James Long Scudder (1836-1881) is the earliest known and one of the most prolific of Long Island’s genre painters. Scudder’s work was exhibited in 1876 at the Academy of Art and Design in New York, though he was not acclaimed as a landscape artist until later in his career.
Jones Beach Scene, July 1961
George Gách, Oil on Masonite, 1961
On loan from Jones Beach State Park, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Jones Beach State Park comprises 6.5 miles of beautiful white sand beach. The park was the vision of Robert Moses and opened in 1929. It hosts between six and eight million visitors each year.
About the Artist: George Gách (1909 – 1996) was born in Budapest, Hungary. He served in the Hungarian Air Force in WWII. After a career as a commercial pilot, he immigrated to the United States and pursued a successful
Low Tide at Glen Cove Landing
George Clough, Oil on Canvas, 1867
On loan from the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library
The magnificent seaside vistas at Glen Cove and other sites along the North Shore made it an attractive place for 19th-century city dwellers to build summer homes and vacation.
About the Artist: George Clough (1824–1901) was born in Auburn, NY and had studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn. He is considered a major painter of Long Island and New York City scenes.
William Langson Lathrop, Oil on Canvas, 1933
On loan from the Heckscher Museum
Early Dutch settlers referred to the area as “Oyster Bay” due to the vast number of high-quality oysters native to the region. Oysters were a staple of the colonial New York diet.
About the Artist: William Langson Lathrop (1869-1938) painted rural landscapes, usually in oil. Lathrop was also a devoted teacher and mentor of young artists.
Paradise Woods, Southold, Long Island
Whitney M. Hubbard, Oil on Canvas
On loan from the Long Island Museum
During the Revolutionary War, Southold was a British command and supply depot, which supported military operations in and around New York Harbor. In 1777, Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Meigs of the American Continental Army led a group of Southold patriots in a daring raid against British ships anchored at Sag Harbor.
About the Artist: Whitney M. Hubbard (1875-1965) was educated at the Art Students League in New York. He led a secluded life in Greenport, Long Island for seventy years, producing a body of marine and landscape paintings. When he died in 1965, Hubbard’s paintings were not highly valued, but have since gained recognition for their exceptional quality and authentic impressions of Long Island.
Road to the Beach, Shinnecock Hills
Charles L. Wright II, Oil on Canvas, 1891
On loan from the Long Island Museum
Named after the Shinnecock Nation, these sprawling hills in Suffolk County are the highest point on Long Island’s East End, and the only place on the island where one can see both shorelines.
About the Artist: Charles L. Wright II (1876-1966) was born in Long Island and lived there until the age of 15 when he left to study art in Paris. Following his studies, Wright gained notoriety for his landscape paintings, especially of the area surrounding Shinnecock Hills, and for his movie poster art for RKO studios.
The Rising Moon
Charles Henry Miller, Oil on Canvas, 1880
On loan from The Heckscher Museum of Art
As a result of the 19th century Industrial Revolution that replaced Long Island’s natural scenery, Charles Henry Miller’s The Rising Moon romantically captures the Island’s natural environment and acts as a record of picturesque beauty untouched by industrialization.
About the Artist: Charles Henry Miller (1842-1922) was born in New York, but studied painting at the Royal Academy in Munich in 1867 before returning to Queens, New York in 1870. He is known for painting Long Island scenery inspired by the Barbizon School style of painting.
The Calhoun circa 1856
James Bard, Oil on Canvas, 1856
On loan from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Long Island Sound has been a center of maritime activity since the 17th century. In the 1820s steamships began to replace sailing vessels.
About the Artist: Born in New York City, James Bard (1815- 1897) had a long and productive artistic career. He took advantage of the great boom of steam engine building and devoted himself to depicting the vessels as they traveled the Hudson River. With shipbuilders, owners and captains as clients, Bard is estimated to have painted nearly four thousand steamboats. His works are known for their incredible clarity and accuracy.
Stormy Skies, Long Island
Thomas Moran, Oil on Canvas, 1885
In the late 19th century, before the railroad stretched to the end of Long Island, Montauk was a quiet fishing community where local farmers grazed cattle, as in this view over Money Pond and out over the coastline of Montauk Point.
About the Artist: An American born in England, Thomas Moran (1837-1926) is best known for his oil paintings of Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and other scenes of the American West. Moran's works helped encourage the establishment of the National Parks system. Moran was the first artist to permanently settle in Easthampton, building a home and studio there in 1884. His restored Victorian turreted studio is slated to open to the public in 2018 as an arts center with rotating exhibits.