North Rampart at Esplanade, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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Latrobe, son of the architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, visited the popular resort at White Sulphur Springs in 1832. In letters, he described the dining room—seen here in the center of the composition—as a place where a scramble occurred at every meal. Between two large trees in the foreground, Latrobe shows small knots of hungry guests forming outside the dining hall and collecting on the paths and covered porch. Although the activity and the building anchor the foreground, most of the sheet is given over to the rolling hillside nestled beneath the mountains, all gilded by high sunlight. Medium: watercolor on off-white wove paper.
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