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    Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller

    National Historical Park Vermont

Fine Art

The fine art collection at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is one of the gems of the National Park Service. Of particular importance are the nature and landscape paintings by artists associated with the Hudson River School. The collection also includes folk art, modern art, portraits, and sculpture. There are over 500 works of art in the collection.

Highlights from the collection:

 
MABI 2836 Citadel and Waterfall by Thomas Cole

MABI 2836 “Citadel and Waterfall” by Thomas Cole, c.1838

Hudson River School
MABI 2836 "Citadel and Waterfall" by Thomas Cole, c.1838

 
MABI 6195, Grandma Moses

MABI 6195 “The Old Stage Coach” by Grandma Moses, c. 1940s

Folk Art
MABI 6195 "The Old Stage Coach" by Grandma Moses, c. 1940s

 
MABI 6197 “Autumn Leaves” by Charles Sheeler, 1928

MABI 6197 “Autumn Leaves” by Charles Sheeler, 1928

Modern Art
MABI 6197 "Autumn Leaves" by Charles Sheeler, 1928

 
MABI 2513 “The Guardians” by Thomas Prichard Rossiter, 1858

MABI 2513 “The Guardians” by Thomas Prichard Rossiter, 1858

Portraits
MABI 2513 "The Guardians" by Thomas Prichard Rossiter, 1858

 
MABI 1593 “Pigeon” by William Zorach, c. 1940

MABI 1593 “Pigeon” by William Zorach, c. 1940

Sculpture
MABI 1593 "Pigeon" by William Zorach, c. 1940

 
MABI 6194 "Half Dome" by Carlton Watkins 1861

MABI 6194, “Half Dome” by Carleton Watkins, 1861

Photography
MABI 6194, "Half Dome" by Carleton Watkins, 1861

Did You Know?

Black and white Carleton Watkins photograph, showing Yosemite's massive granite Cathedral Rock. Billings Family Archives.

Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. wrote to George Perkins Marsh in 1857, asking his advice on promoting "free soil" settlement in Texas to challenge the westward expansion of slavery. Strongly anti-slavery, both men would also champion land stewardship and public access to places like Yosemite Valley.