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Canal Scene Moonlight
Boat with four people headed down center, horse and rider on strip of land to left of boat; cliff left, woods right. From the Inventory Listing of Sidney A. Alpert "Canal Scene / Moonlight/ (Erie Canal) (8.7 x 12.10) - S "
Canal Scene Moonlight illustrates a horse slowly pulling a narrow boat in which two couples take in the evening scenery. A jagged cliff rises sharply above the water, seemingly holding back the boundless wilderness. The passengers and horse do not struggle against the power of the fast-moving river as their way has been made easier by the addition of a canal. Currier & Ives highlighted the industrialization and settlement of the frontier through integration with the natural landscape. Horse-drawn boats were especially popular and allowed the movement of goods and people with relative ease, even in the still of night.
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