Description: A Showery Day, Lake George

Anyone who has visited the Adirondacks in the summer knows to expect an afternoon thunderstorm. Here the storm has passed, the sun is breaking through, and a lone boat crosses the lake in the now calm water.

John Frederick Kensett painted this view of Lake George’s Narrows, just north of what is now Bolton Landing, around 1860. It was a favorite painting location.  The artist wrote to his uncle in 1854:

I directed my course towards that sheet of water which has a name par excellence among our American inland seas—Lake George....I selected a little unobtrusive spot called Bolton where there was a quiet inn upon the lake...where green hills swept boldly down to the water’s edge.  Twenty or thirty islands of varying size lay around....It was among these islands with a light boat fortified with my basket of provisions & my painting materials that I spent the greater part of the day....I had some of the most delightful and unobtrusive hours of the summer.

  • Artist: John Frederick Kensett, American, 1816–1872
  • Created: ca. 1860
  • Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund, 74.29