Curator‘s Comments

Little is known about the life of Thomas Chambers, who was born in England and came to the United States in 1832, where he painted marine and landscape subjects. Chambers did not paint his scenes from nature but based them instead on prints that reproduced other paintings.

This view comes from a print by French artist Léon Sabatier that copied a painting by Jacques Gérard Milbert, another French artist who visited North America in the early nineteenth century. Chambers altered and embellished his source, adding the shepherd and sheep on the road heading down to the river. Both Chambers’s painting and its French antecedents depicted Lake George, a popular tourist site in New York State, and served the demand for images of American scenery.

Lake George and the Village of Caldwell

Thomas Chambers. American (born England), 1808–1866 or later

Lake George and the Village of Caldwell, Mid-19th century

Oil on canvas

Bequest of Annie Swan Coburn (Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn)

ID Number: SC 1942:9-1