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Fenimore Art Museum

The Smith And Telfer Photographic Collection

The photography firm of Smith and Telfer documented Cooperstown and its people for almost a century, compiling a unique record of a small town and its changes over the years. Smith and Telfer left a rich legacy, now preserved by the New York State Historical Association. A selection from the 60,000 images in the Smith and Telfer collection is available online.

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Detail: Bank of Cooperstown, 1885. Washington G. Smith (1828-1893). Smith & Telfer Photographic Collection, New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, NY.
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Crowd Gathered for Southern New York Railway Fan Excursion, 1938. Arthur J. Telfer (1859-1954). Smith & Telfer Photographic Collection, New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, NY.
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A Unique Record of a Small Town and its Changes
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Smith and Telfer left a rich legacy, now preserved by the New York State Historical Association. A selection from the 60,000 images in the Smith and Telfer collection is available online.

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American Fine Art

The fine art collection was largely assembled by connoisseur Stephen C. Clark one of the Museum's greatest patrons. The collection contains some of the best examples of American landscape, history, and genre painting.

The works of Hudson River School painters are well represented and include Thomas Cole's Last of the Mohicans and Asher B. Durand's Hudson River Looking Toward the Catskills. Historical portraits include Gilbert Stuart's Joseph Brant, Ralph Earl's Baron Von Steuben, and Benjamin West's Robert Fulton, which all depict figures from New York's colorful history.

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(Detail) Eel Spearing, 1845. William Sidney Mount (1807-1868). Gift of Stephen C. Clark. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY.
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Fenimore's Private Collection
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The fine art collection was largely assembled by connoisseur Stephen C. Clark one of the Museum's greatest patrons.

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American Folk Art

NYSHA's folk art collection is one of the nation's largest and finest. Begun with extensive gifts from Stephen C. Clark, the collection includes a variety of paintings, ship figureheads, quilts, weathervanes, trade signs, cigar-store figures, carvings, and decorated stoneware, all created by American folk artists. The oldest piece in the collection, a seven-foot-long panel on which Hudson River Valley painter John Heaton depicted the Martin Van Bergen farmstead in 1733, is considered to be among the first landscapes ever painted in this country.

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Peaceable Kingdom, 1825 - 1830. Edward Hicks, 1780-1849. Gift of Stephen C. Clark. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY.
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Star of Bethlehem pattern Quilt, Ca. 1820. Member of the Owen Family. Museum Purchase. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY.
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The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art

In 1995, the Fenimore Art Museum embarked upon a new era with the addition of a spectacular new American Indian Wing designed to house the extraordinary gift from Eugene and Clare Thaw of their collection of American Indian Art. The collection has continued to grow as new objects are added by the Thaws and other donors, and today numbers almost 850 objects.

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Blanket (T809); Osage, Oklahoma; ca. 1890; wool, silk ribbon, beads, thread; Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York. Gift of Eugene Victor Thaw Art Foundation.
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Rattle. Tlingit, Southeast Alaska; ca. 1830-1860. The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art.
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