Watkins Glen Resident Artist, Capt. James Hope, Part 2

In this episode (#131) of Walk in the Park, we complete our story of Capt. James Hope and his art gallery on the rim of the gorge called Watkins Glen from 1872 to 1892. You also can watch Part 1 of this story.

This episode (131) of Walk in the Park is cablecast on Ithaca, NY public access television, PEGASYS, on Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1) according to the following schedule:

9:00 PM, Thursday, March 24, 2016

10:00 AM, Saturday, March 26, 2016

10:00 AM, Sunday, March 27, 2016

8:00 PM, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Watkins Glen Resident Artist, Capt. James Hope, Part 1

From 1872 until his death in 1892, landscape artist Capt. James Hope had an art gallery next to the gorge of Watkins Glen. A lesser known figure of the Hudson River School of landscape painters, Hope captured the beauty of the glen on his canvases and realized his life’s dream of supporting himself and his family with his landscape art. Tony Ingraham tells the first half of this story in this episode of Walk in the Park (#130). Next episode will complete the tale. Tony originally gave this illustrated presentation in February to an audience at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, NY.

You can watch this episode on Ithaca, NY public access television channel 13 (and 97.1) according to the schedule below. Or you can watch it online anywhere, anytime right here!

Ithaca cable channel 13 (and 97.1) cablecasts of this episode (155) of Walk in the Park:

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Produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS studios, Ithaca, NY

Hope Comes to Rainbow Falls, Watkins Glen

Walk in the Park episode 104, cablecasting on Ithaca, NY Time Warner Cable channels 13 and 97.3, beginning Thursday, May 21, 2015, 9:00 p.m.; continuing Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m., and finally on Tuesday, May 26, at 8:00 p.m. Or watch it online anytime below!

Capt. James Hope was a 19th century Hudson River School landscape artist, best known for his Civil War paintings, who became the resident artist in Watkins Glen’s famous gorge for twenty years in the late 19th century. His first painting of Rainbow Falls sold for $10,000, a huge sum at the time. We follow his story as part of the larger story of Watkins Glen and the eventual state park. Find out what Mark Twain said about Rainbow Falls in 1871.

We also take a hike in nearby Finger Lakes National Forest, checking out the views, the forest, and some spring wildflowers.

See our richly-illustrated, national-award-winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE.

Central Cascade in 1891


Historic photo of tourists at what is now Watkins Glen State Park

Two tourists pose near Central Cascade in Watkins Glen on August 22, 1891. Photo courtesy of Bill Hecht.

Photographer James D. Hope (son of the Hudson River School painter James Hope who painted the glen for the last 20 years of his life following the Civil War) left a wonderful legacy of photographs of Watkins Glen a century  ago. Folly Bridge, various versions of which have crossed the gorge just above the waterfall, is not visible in this picture. And you are not permitted to go off trail today to pose in this spot! Check out our Facebook page about Watkins Glen State Park.