Jasper Francis Cropsey’s views of fiery autumn scenes captured the forests, mountains, and valleys of the northeast in a celebration of America’s unique, often untouched, natural beauty. As the nation grew, the human presence increasingly intruded on this natural beauty. Images of the railroad often symbolized this growth, seen both as a sign of progress and of the destruction of nature. Cropsey, however, often took an idealistic view of man’s relationship to the land. In this painting, a train and trestle blend easily into the surrounding landscape—the train’s white smoke echoing the clouds above—creating a peaceful scene of man and nature existing in harmony.


  • Title: Sturrucca Viaduct, Pennsylvania
  • Creator: Jasper Francis Cropsey
  • Date Created: 1865
  • Physical Location: Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
  • Physical Dimensions: 22 3/8 x 36 3/8 in. (56.8 x 92.4 cm)
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Depicted Topic: Gigapixel Collection

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