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The Cover
September 18, 2002

Eagle Cliff, Franconia Notch, New Hampshire

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2002;288(11):1324. doi:10.1001/jama.288.11.1324

Founded by Thomas Cole in the first half of the 19th century, the Hudson River School of landscape painting was a quintessentially American phenomenon. Combining views of a uniquely American landscape with a morality found in the writings of Emerson and Thoreau, Hudson River painters saw Nature as a mirror of the sublime. A generation later America was stuffed with paintings done in the so-called Hudson River style depicting places nowhere near the Hudson River, and critics were calling them the "trash literature of the brush." But not all fell into that category. Some were better, their painters more gifted. Among the latter was Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900).

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