| John Vanderlyn (1775-1852)
Watercolor on ivory. 1800
John Vanderlyn, Artist (1775-1852)
One of America's first nationally recognized artists, John Vanderlyn's income and repute as an artist declined considerably during his lifetime. His accomplishments were rediscovered in the 20th century. Born in Kingston in 1775 and educated at the Kingston Academy, John Vanderlyn as a young man gained the support of Aaron Burr, who sponsored his art education in Paris. Trained in the neo-classical tradition, Vanderlyn's works included large-scale scenes of nature, historical paintings, and portraits commissioned by leading residents of the Hudson Valley.
The Senate House State Historic Site houses and displays the largest collection of Vanderlyn's works. On the following pages, we provide a short description of Vanderlyn's life and works.
Selected Works from the Senate House Collection
Eye of Theodosia Burr (41K JPG)
Double view study of Niagara Falls
Ariadne Asleep on the Island of Naxos
The Hudson at Kingston
Mrs. John R. Livingston
Grandiose Ambitions: The Lifelong Struggle of John Vanderlyn
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1775-1803: Early Training in America and Paris
1803-1815: European Experience, Again!
1816-1837: The American Experience
1838-1846: Final Trip to Paris
1846-1852: The Final Years