Gifford created several paintings depicting forest interiors, including this intimately scaled canvas set amid full autumnal blaze. The dense network of overarching trees casts shadows on the rugged ground below, restricting sunlight to haphazard patches. A solitary hiker is visible in the distance.

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  • Title: Autumn, a Wood Path
  • Creator: Sanford Robinson Gifford (American, 1823-1880)
  • Date Created: 1876
  • Physical Dimensions: Unframed: 38 x 31.8 cm (14 15/16 x 12 1/2 in.)
  • Provenance: (George E. Gage Galleries, 1922)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1922.220
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Inscriptions: signed lower right: S R Gifford / 1876
  • Fun Fact: The artist's namesake, Gifford Pinchot, was the first chief of the United States Forest Service.
  • Department: American Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: America, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection
  • Collection: American - Painting
  • Accession Number: 1922.220

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