- Urban and rural spaces, past and present, intermingle in this now iconic portrait of downtown Indianapolis. A tree-lined branch of the Central Canal, a pioneer waterway built in the 1830s, foregrounds the city’s skyline, which is tinged lavender in the morning light.
- The last decades of the 19th century witnessed the construction of the city’s most recognizable monuments: the State Capitol and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Both structures are present in the picture, though the latter had not yet been completed.
- Gruelle was self-taught. He had been employed decorating iron safes in Cincinnati when he found his calling. In 1882 he relocated to Indianapolis and devoted his time fully to painting the city and its environs.
Purchased from the artist in 1894 by the Art Association of Indianapolis, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1894 (94.1).