WILLIAM MACLEOD (AMERICAN, 1811-1892)
BRIDGE OVER HUNTING CREEK, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
Oil on canvas: 26 1/2 x 36 1/4 in.
Framed; lower left signed and dated: W. MacLeod 1860; Painted in 1860, the painting illustrates tranquil Alexandria as it appeared at the outset of the Civil War. Bridge Over Hunting Creek, Alexandria, Virginia, depicts the quotidian scene of life along the water, as wagons and people cross over towards West Grove Plantation. The white frame house atop the hill is "Mount Eagle," an estate built by Lord Fairfax and the final home outside of Mount Vernon where George Washington dined before his death. A MacLeod stylistic trait, the artist has painted himself seated and sketching in the foreground. He views the rural scene just as you, the viewer, are observing it. MacLeod was born in Alexandria, VA, and trained as a painter in Scotland. His notable bucolic landscapes of the early Washington, D.C., area hang in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and the White House.
Provenance: Commissioned in 1860 either by William Fowle (d.1860) of The Patton-Fowle House, 711 Prince Street, Alexandria or by his married daughter Harriet FowleTaylor and by descent to the present owner
Exhibitions: James C. Kelley and William M.S. Rasmussen, "The Virginia Landscape," Exhibition at the The Virginia Historical Society, 2000, pp. 126-127 ill.
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