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Mount Katahdin as seen by artists over two centuries

A towering muse through centuries

Maine’s Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, is “not one, but many mountains,” outdoorsman Myron Avery once wrote. Rising to a height of about 5,267 feet from relatively flat surroundings, it can be seen from a great distance. Avery understood the impulse of artists eager to paint the mountain’s many sides. “From each cardinal direction,” he wrote, “Katahdin’s aspect is utterly different.”

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