On the Conemaugh near New Florence, Pennsylvania

William H. Rau1891 - 1895

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Assuming the view of a passenger aboard the Pennsylvania Railroad, William H. Rau made this panoramic photograph overlooking a bend in the Conemaugh River. Though the area appears untouched by humans, the tracks of the railroad are just visible at the far right-a suppressed detail within the pastoral landscape. As an official photographer for the Pennsylvania Railroad in the 1890s, Rau was specifically directed by the company to select interesting views. This attractive image of a glassy, meandering river could have served as a company advertisement.


  • Title: On the Conemaugh near New Florence, Pennsylvania
  • Creator: William H. Rau
  • Date Created: 1891 - 1895
  • Location Created: New Florence, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 41.3 × 111.8 cm (16 1/4 × 44 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Platinum print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 99.XM.22
  • Culture: American
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: William H. Rau (American, 1855 - 1920)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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