Central Yonkers

George Burnham1858

Hudson River Museum

Hudson River Museum

Burnham paints a vignette of a peaceful 1850's Yonkers scene, but his view of a verdant ravine in which a cow grazes beside a stream, probably the Saw Mill River, is also interesting for what it does not show. By the time of this painting, trains had been stopping at Yonkers for almost ten years, enabling an insurgence of industrialism that far outpaced traditional commercial river traffic. If this painting does show the Saw Mill River, then a factory, harbinger a new industrial age, may possibly be just around the bend but deliberately ignored by the artist.

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  • Title: Central Yonkers
  • Creator: George Burnham
  • Date Created: 1858