Oak Orchard inspired an artist more than a century ago

Posted 28 May 2014 at 12:00 am

By Bill Lattin
Orleans County Historian

This snapshot from the 1890s shows an unidentified artist working on a landscape painting along the marshes of Oak Orchard River.

He is seated in a row boat wearing a velvet suit consisting of knickers, vest and coat. This is topped off with a beret. He also appears to be smoking a pipe while sketching.

A canvas appears in the foreground. The case supported on his lap contains tubes of paint and brushes.