HIGH WOODEN COVERED TRAIN BRIDGE OVER WINOOSKI RIVER GORGE VERMONT~WM STACY~FINE For Sale
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HIGH WOODEN COVERED TRAIN BRIDGE OVER WINOOSKI RIVER GORGE VERMONT~WM STACY~FINE:
Excellently rendered late 19th or early 20th century Vermont landscape painting of the Winooski River Gorge and its precariously high wooden train bridge.
By Vermont artist William Corning Stacy of Burlington, Vermont 1836-1911 (or 1919).
The scene was a popular subject of other early New England artists, including Charles Louis Heyde.
An early 20th century black-and-white photo postcard of the same scene is shown here for comparison, and will be framed separately and included with purchased painting. The stumps of the same prominent leaning evergreens shown in the painting are visible on the river bank at left in the postcard photo.
The title, as stated when purchased, is High Bridge Over the Winooski. During the period the scene would have been painted, most bridges in Vermont were covered wooden bridges, and automobiles were not on the scene, or hardly common yet.
Therefore the artist might not have found it necessary to differentiate the bridge as a wooden bridge, or as a train bridge.
It must have been a fright crossing the gorge, high over the water, riding on a heavy iron train as it traveled across this self-supporting wooden structure.
Today there is a more modern and much larger steel train bridge (shown in an additional photo), as trains are bigger and heavier. The river bed is also changed somewhat.
Painting itself measures about 22 by 14 inches (56 by 36 cm). Frame measures about 29 by 21 inches (74 by 54 cm).
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