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1. Cole depicted the Catskill Mountain House before its remodeling in 1846. The later façade featured a Corinthian colonnade.
2. South Mountain, on which the Catskill Mountain House is located, appears with High Peak and Round Top mountains in the distance. The view is from Sunset Rock on North Mountain. Cole often climbed here in pursuit of picturesqueviews, calling himself a "Scene-Hunter."
3. Hotel guests often went sailing on North Lake (front) and South Lake (back), although Cole included only this one, simple rowboat in his painting.
4. The figure may be a self-portrait of Cole, suggested by the portfolio of drawings underneath his arm. Viewers can also identify with him, standing on North Mountain and enjoying the expansive vista.