Jul 15, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
Jul 15, 2014

Vale of Kashmir

Vale of Kashmir


Robert S. Duncanson

(American, 1821–1872)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 94.9 x 154.6 x 12.1 cm (37 3/8 x 60 7/8 x 4 3/4 in.); Unframed: 73 x 132.4 cm (28 3/4 x 52 1/8 in.)

Sundry Purchase Fund 2014.12

Did you know?

During the Civil War, Duncanson relocated to Montreal, where he inspired several Canadian landscape painters.


Cincinnati-based Duncanson was the first African American artist to achieve recognition both nationally and abroad. This panoramic painting, one of his grandest, was inspired by an episode in Thomas Moore’s then-popular epic poem, Lalla-Rookh (1817), which describes a Persian princess’s journey to the Indian subcontinent to be married. In Duncanson’s conception, members of a courtly entourage depart a quasi-Islamic palace, arriving by boat onto a scrim of land where they ascend a monumental staircase to a plaza with a fountain spraying an impressive plume of water. Despite these substantial storytelling details, the human elements remain subordinate to the overwhelming splendor of the natural landscape in and of itself.


Vale of Kashmir
See also
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Oil on canvas
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Sundry Purchase Fund

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