The Lackawanna Valley, by George Inness, c.1856.
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Oil on canvas of the Lackawanna Valley being touched by the hands of progress as the train tracks map the landscape and a train passes through.

Credit: National Gallery of Art, Gift of Mrs. Huttleston Rogers, 1945.4.1

Initially repelled at the idea of painting an ugly modern railroad in the midst of Nature's beauty, George Innes (1825-1894) accepted the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad commission to document its achievements and created a masterpiece of American landscape painting.

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