Masterpieces depicting Jersey City and environs during the 19th century will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the Jersey City Museum (350 Montgomery Street, Jersey City) that opens Saturday, June 30th, noon - 6 p.m., and will run throughout July.  There will be no charge to the public on the museum’s opening day. 

The landscapes of artists August Will and Charles Linford will be displayed in two of the museum’s galleries.  Donations of $10 per person are suggested on Saturdays in July (when the museum will be open noon - 3 p.m.)

 “The Jersey City Museum is a real treasure for the city and our objective is to continue to make this resource readily available to the people who live and work in the community the hospital serves,” said Joseph Scott, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jersey City Medical Center, which purchased the museum building earlier this year.   “We are excited about this exhibit showcasing the work of these two remarkable artists, and eagerly look forward to the museum’s exhibits in the months ahead.   Those of us who work in the hospital and also live in the community are particularly thrilled about our new role supporting the wonderful efforts of the museum’s board of trustees.”

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August Will immigrated to the United States in the early 1850s, settling in Jersey City around 1855. He founded an art school in New York City, where he taught for 38 years. His images of landscapes from our region compose significant documentation of the history of Hudson County, since they illustrate the transformation of the landscape from rural and agricultural to urban and industrialized.

Charles Linford, born in Pittsburgh in 1846, was a student of the landscape and still-life painter George Hetzel. He painted outdoors and favored landscapes scattered with birch trees. Although the landscapes of Linford, who spent his last years in New Jersey, differ from the more majestic scenes of the Hudson River School artists, both express a longing for the untouched wilderness that was becoming less common at the time in the increasingly industrialized United States. He spent his last years in New Jersey.

The program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.