Painted by Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880). This is one of several works that Gifford (and others painters of the Hudson river school) did near the homes of Cole and Church, the earliest leaders of American landscape paintings.
This view features a well-rutted road, a well farmed hillside, and a man handling a boat (the only common element you are likely to see there today). This work emphasizes the beauty of the ordinary, not the grand views or wild nature that have come to be regarded as the signature features of the Hudson River school. Gifford also traveled widely and captured sites with the same pleasing blend of light, color, and texture.