Item #AT-0468

"Newburgh Bay, A View from West Point" by Thomas Benjamin Pope (1834 - 1891)


"Newburgh Bay, A View from West Point" by Thomas Benjamin Pope (1834 - 1891) Oil on Canvas laid on board.

Private Collection NJ




14.75"H x 23"W


21.5 "H x 28"W

A wonderful early 19th Century panoramic view near the cliffs of West Point over looking the Newburgh Bay. The area is known as Wey-Gat or Wind Gate. Storm King Mountain is in the background with the Hudson winding through the Valley.

"Thomas Benjamin Pope was born in New York City in 1834, a son of Benjamin Pope. Prior to the War Between the States, he moved to Newburgh, NY.

When the Civil War began, he enlisted in the Union Army, becoming a 2nd Lieut. in the first company of the 56th NY Volunteers. This was the famous Tenth Legion, under the command of Captain Thomas S. Marvel. Pope was wounded during the raid made by Stewart's Cavalry in the valley of the Potomac.

After Appomattox, he returned to Newburgh and devoted himself to his life-long desire of painting. While he had a natural talent for drawing and painting, his art career took active form from the year 1854. He developed a reputation in water colors as well as in oils. He did some designing, but his first love was original paintings, preferably landscapes.

On May 6, 1891, Pope had gone to Fishkill Landing to give an art lesson. Upon his return to the ferry, a fast train of the NY Central and Hudson River struck and killed him instantly. His untimely death at the age of 57 cut short a promising artistic career."

Part of a biography from The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands Publication No. XL, Newburgh, NY 1955