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Cows in a Pond at Sunset

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Sanford Robinson Gifford (American, 1823–1880)

About this artwork

Landscape painter Sanford Robinson Gifford portrayed the glowing light of sunset with brief brushstrokes and a limited, terracotta palette in this small oil sketch. With gradated bands of color, the artist captured the transitory moment’s golden, expansive sky and its reflection on the watering hole below. The bucolic scene evokes the tranquility and romance of nature. Across the pond, a home in the wilderness indicates man’s harmonious relation to the land.


On View, Gallery 176


Arts of the Americas


Sanford Robinson Gifford


Cows in a Pond at Sunset


New York (Place depicted)

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Oil on canvas


signed, lower left in wet paint: "SR Gifford '60"


19.1 × 35.9 cm (7 1/2 × 14 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior acquisition of the Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

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