The Hudson River from the Tappan Zee

Julian O. Davidson (American, 1853–1894)
Currently on view
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions12 1/2 × 25 inches
CreditMuseum Purchase, 1959
Accession Number59.24

Julian Davidson specialized in naval battles and other dramatic paintings of ships, so it is not surprising that the highlights of this early painting are the many different types of vessels showing the Hudson River’s bustling activity. The scene includes boats powered by steam and sail, as well as a rowboat with fisherman catching shad in a seine, or dragnet.