White Mountains in September, North Conway, New Hampshire
Sylvester Phelps Hodgdon
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.
Artist Life Dates
1830 - 1906
Object Creation Date
Medium and Support
oil on canvas
animals and creatures
buildings and the land
earth sciences concepts
freewheeled vehicles by form or function
geographic and political locations
grass (plant material)
land vehicles by form
landforms and landform components
landforms by shape or position
materials by origin
north & central america
north and central america (continent)
objects we use
people and culture
people and occupations
people by occupation
people in agriculture
people in agriculture or natural resource occupations
people in science-related occupations
physical sciences concepts
scientists and people in science-related occupations
The painting depicts a group of American settlers attempting to defend themselves against attack by a band of Native Americans. A covered wagon pulled by two horses is at the center of the composition; at left, two Native Americans attack the wagon with war clubs and tomahawks; a figure on the lead horse points a pistol directly at the head of one of his attackers, while a figure at the rear of the wagon shoots another attacker. At right other warriors on horseback ride past the train shooting arrows and wielding tomahawks.
In this painting, done in broad brush strokes, the figures of two women fill the composition. One is seated in profile view and the other, standing behind her, gazes out into the distance. The forms of their bodies are set againist a plain white wall creating a strong outline, especially around the area of their hair and faces. There is also a strong color contrast between the dark black shawl worn by the standing woman and light pink shawl of the seated one. There is an amulet made of bone and feathers hanging on the wall in the upper right corner of the painting.
Two figures in the foreground stand with their backs to the viewer, looking toward buildings in the middleground. The buildings are built in the pueblo style, with some arched windows and beams jutting out from the roof. A ladder leans against a building in the far left of the composition. The scene is heavily shadowed, by both the buildings and the figures.