- This view of Montgomery Street in the picturesque southern Indiana town of Vernon shows Steele’s ability to capture the different effects of shade, dappled light, and bright sunshine. Comments from the artist’s journal also reveal his efforts to place the figures harmoniously within the scene.
- The canvas was one of the first landscapes Steele painted after his return to Indiana in 1885, following five years of study in Munich. The 1880s landscapes are often considered the high point of a productive career that would continue for another 40 years.
- The donors’ family legend indicates that the scene was purchased directly out of Steele’sstudio by a man who recognized the gray buildings of his father’s cabinet shop in the distant right of the composition.
The artist; purchased by Chapin C. Foster, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1890; by descent to his son, Robert Sanford Foster; by descent to his daughter Mary Foster Farr; by descent to her son Dr. Jack Farr, Bargersville, Indiana; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2016.