Lake Party at Three Mile Point, Otsego Lake, New York

Lake Party at Three Mile Point, Otsego Lake, New York
The exact history of this painting has not been discovered yet, but presumably it was commissioned by one of the individuals depicted in the foreground. Mignot and Gollman were apparently in Cooperstown at the same time. In 1857, Mignot exhibited a painting, "Sources of the Susquehanna," at the National Academy of Design, so 1854 or 1855 may have been the year. Three Mile Point was and still is a favorite picnic spot for many Cooperstown residents. It figured in James Fenimore Cooper's lawsuit concerning ownership of the Point, and then even more prominently in Cooper's case against a local newspaper editor which largely defined the libel laws of New York state. The Point was finally purchased by Cooperstown in the 1850s. The painting documents many of the outstanding people of Cooperstown, several of whom such as Judge Samuel Nelson, could claim national prominence. General Brown owned the Empire House where at least Gollman was staying. The landscape is representative of Mignot's meticulous Hudson River School style. A talented landscapist, Mignot was apparently unable to depict the human figure to his satisfaction. He painted at least three other large landscapes with figures by other artists: "The Foray" with figures by John W. Ehninger; "Winter Scene in Holland" with figures by Eastman Johnson and "Washington and Lafayette at Mount Vernon, 1784" with figures by Thomas P. Rossiter.
Physical dimensions: 
depth 2.75 in ; height 37.25 in ; width 48.5 in