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Image of Leatherstocking's Rescue II 12660



John Quidor


Leatherstocking's Rescue II

Creation Date



19th century


27 1/16 in. x 34 1/8 in. (68.74 cm x 86.68 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, American

Medium and Support

oil on canvas

Credit Line

Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund


Public Domain

Accession Number

John Quidor apprenticed with a portrait painter before gaining renown for genre paintings based on the writings of Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper, among others. The subject of this painting derives from The Pioneers, one of Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales, first published in 1823. In this scene, protagonist Natty Bumppo intervenes to save two young women from a panther. One of two identical canvases painted by Quidor in 1832—the other is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—this version may have belonged to Cooper’s daughter, a noted writer and collector.

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