Jasper Francis Cropsey
The Old Mill, 1876
Oil on canvas
The site depicted in Jasper Francis Cropsey's The Old Mill is the Sanford gristmill, which stood on the banks of the Wawayanda Creek near Warwick, New York, not far from the spot where Cropsey built his palatial estate, "Aladdin," in 1869.
Cropsey was a prominent member of the second generation of New York's Hudson River School. He built his reputation as a painter of fall landscapes, producing scores of paintings that captured the sunlit atmosphere of autumn in New York and New England. He exhibited this painting at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, and was awarded a medal for "excellence" in oils.