Nature and Nation: Landscape Painting of Godfrey Frankenstein
Godfrey Frankenstein (1820-73) was a German-born painter who emigrated to Ohio as a child. He followed the artistic character of his family, who was part of a group of German immigrant artists. Frankenstein became the first president of the Cincinnati Academy of Arts in 1841 and gained notoriety for his landscape painting, particularly his depictions of Niagara Falls.
Portrait of the Old House in 1849 is on display in the Old House at Adams National Historical Park, opposite his 1849 Birthplaces of the Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Frankenstein is also known for his panoramic perspective and often combined spectacular scenery with nationalistic sentiment, as is seen here in the sweeping view of the presidential home.
These landscape paintings, commissioned by John Quincy's son Charles Francis Adams, are perhaps the best documentation of the landscape's appearance during that time.