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The Cover
October 7, 1998

Janetta Falls, Passaic County, New Jersey

JAMA. 1998;280(13):1122. doi:10.1001/jama.280.13.1122

Like so many of the Hudson River School of painters, Jasper Cropsey (1823-1900) liked the changing seasons and recorded his love on canvas. Unlike those of most of the other Hudson River painters, however, Cropsey's landscapes were not exclusively American. For each of the seasons he chose the specific country that he believed best typified the seasonal beauties. For winter he chose Switzerland, for summer Italy; for spring nothing but an English landscape would do. But for autumn he returned to the Hudson River area, to the American wilderness. Indeed, his most familiar epithet, based on the contribution for which he is best known, is "America's painter of autumn."