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George Cochran Lambdin
(American, 1830-1896)
In a Window, 1856
Oil on canvas, 31 1/8 × 26 1/8 inches
Signed at lower right:  "Geo. C. Lambdin"
Inscribed on verso (copied on lining canvas): "In a window/painted by/Geo. C. Lambdin/Germantown/1856"
 

RS 5892


In a Window was painted in Germantown in 1856 and exhibited that year at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In other paintings, such as Reverie: Sunset Musing (apparently exhibited as Reverie in 1858; private collection), George Lambdin portrayed a young woman in silent thought as she gazes out the window and into the distance, a theme popular in nineteenth-century German art. In both Reverie and In a Window, the landscapes are verdant vistas, though not entirely wild. Through the landscapes run winding rivers—major paths of transport and travel in the nineteenth century and thus perhaps evocative of distance, a journey, even absence of a loved one.

 


  


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