Portage Falls on the Genessee, a painting by Hudson River School Founder Thomas Cole has been removed from the Seward House Historic Museum in Auburn, NY by its owner, citing poor protection of the work by the institution. The removal of the painting, given to then New York Governor William Seward by the artist in thanks for his work o the Erie Canal, has caused a stir in the upstate town, with many describing its removal and potential sale as a “betrayal.” “You’re giving away the centerpiece of the Seward House. The picture is integral to the museum. It doesn’t make any sense.” Says Hudson River Museum director Michael Botwinick.
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