The Genesee Canal

The Genesee Valley Canal, Rochester, New York.

Unidentified artist, American, about 1840

Place Depicted: Rochester, Genesee Valley Canal, New York, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1180, fig. 278 (Folk artists)


Sheet: 43.2 x 55.9 cm (17 x 22 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Graphite pencil, Black crayon, Pastel and scraping on sandpaper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Folk art- sandpapers and Pastels. Canal winding from right in long loop across foreground; small sailboats. Flat land between banks in middle distance dotted with tree stumps.


1951, gift of Maxim Karolik (b. 1893 - d. 1963), Newport, RI, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 8, 1951)

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875