1195: SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VA NA¤VE LANDSCAPE PAINTING,
SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VA NA¤VE LANDSCAPE PAINTING, oil on canvas, depicting the Rockfish Gap at Afton featuring the Blue Ridge Railroad Tunnel, two houses, a spring house, and a fence-lined roadway crossing the gap from Augusta into Nelson and Albemarle Counties, not signed. Custom grain-painted frame. A second painting by this unidentified artist is reported to exist.. Second half 19th century. 24" x 35 1/2" sight, 29" x 41" overall
Note: The Blue Ridge Railroad was formed in 1849 by the Commonwealth of Virginia for the purpose of providing a crossing of the Blue Ridge Mountains for the Virginia Central Railroad. Claudius Crozet, a well-respected civil engineer, was appointed as chief engineer.The tunnel, which was constructed from both sides, was dug through solid granite with only hand drills and black powder, a decade before the invention of dynamite. When holed-through on Christmas Day 1856, the 4,263-foot tunnel was less than a half-foot off perfect alignment. When opened to rail traffic in 1858, it was the longest tunnel in the US and one of the longest in the world. It was considered to be one of the engineering wonders of the modern world.