Harrison Avenue Bridge by John Willard Raught,
oil on canvas, ca. 1927, 0.10
John Willard Raught (1857–1931) was a painter from Dunmore, PA known for his depictions of the Northeastern Pennsylvania countryside, cityscapes, and industrial landscapes. In his youth, he developed this passion as he sketched scenes of the nearby Pocono Mountains.
Raught trained in New York and Paris before returning to the landscapes of the region that were his original inspiration, utilizing styles of Impressionism, Tonalism, and Realism, to interpret them. Among his most distinguished pieces are his portrayals of the area’s coal breakers, which were made to express his concern for the environmental ravages of the industry.