Inscribed in pencil, verso, l.l.: 23. Stamped, verso, right center: Walker Evans (boxes in pencil under first and last name) Inscribed in pencil, verso, l.r.: Third Avenue, NYC, 1962/unused fortune story Stamped, verso, l.r.: Walker Evans 163 East 94th St. New York 28, N.Y.
Landscape with trees in foreground, valley in middle ground dotted with minute figures of sheep and a farmer with a team of oxen pulling well-filled haywain. Mountains in distance with a snow-capped mountain in center background.
“White Mountains” was a popular subject amongst 19th century Americans, who, stirred by the doctrine of Manifest Destiny, wanted patriotic emblems of an optimistic and expanding nation. Using the popular tenets of the sublime and the picturesque, Hodgdon juxtaposes an awe-inspiring snow-capped mountain in the distance with a lush valley just beginning to show evidence of a fading summer.