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Pleasants, Albert
Place Made:
Richmond Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
oil on canvas
Canvas: HOA 24-1/8″ WOA 36-3/16″
With frame: HOA 27-1/16″; WOA 39-1/8″
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Painting, oil on canvas, of Richmond, Virginia with view of a river with hill on the right. The capital building is in view to the left of the center. There are numerous buildings, and to the left side of the center there are three ships with steam stacks. Four figures face away in the foreground, and to the right are a house and two cows. To the left of the figures in the foreground is a pier that extends out into the river. Beyond the pier is a man in a small boat.
ATTRIBUTION: This painting is attributed based on a similar view, signed by Pleasants. This view has a somewhat different perspective from the signed version, however, and it is a more finished painting. The three ships with stacks indicate steam vessels, and these stacks are not visible in the earlier version signed by Pleasants.

SCENE: The river is the James River, with Church Hill on the right. The capital building is in view left of center. Other buildings identifiable are: Monumental Church, 1814; old City Hall, 1816; the cupola of First Baptist Church at 12th and Broad, 1841. This building is behind the Governor’s mansin. The Egyptian building and St. Paul’s church, both constructed in 1845, are missing. This indicates that the painting was done 1841-1844.

Credit Line:
Gift of Grayco