John Jacob Loeffler – Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity

March 13, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

John Jacob Loeffler is one of the great Catskills photographers of all time. He made hundreds of stereoviews of the Catskills throughout the 1870s and 1880s. The photographs, part of the series titled Catskill Mountain Scenery, demonstrate his skill and vision as well as the timeless beauty of the Catskills, being equally compelling today at they were 150 years ago.

 

In addition to his Catskills work, Loeffler photographed and published a stunning series of photographs under the title “Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity.” The series includes photographs of the Mohonk House, Lake Mohonk, Sky Top, Peterskill Falls, Eagle Rock, The Traps, Pinnacle Rocks, Rosendale Bridge, High Falls and much more.

 

Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity

First Series

1

View from Sky-Top.

2

View from Thurston Rock.

3

House from Sky-Top Path.

4

House from Sky-Top Path.

5

House from Sky-Top Path.

6

House from Pine Bluff.

7

Rear of House.

8

The Great Crevice.

9

From the Great Crevice.

10

Pine Bluff, looking South.

11

Pine Bluff, looking North.

12

Rock Scene.

13

View from House Verandah.

14

The Labyrinth.

15

The Labyrinth.

16

The Boat Landing.

17

The Boat Landing.

18

The Boat Landing.

19

The Boat Landing.

20

View from Labyrinth.

21

View from Labyrinth.

22

View from Labyrinth.

23

Sky-Top, from the Bridge.

24

Sky-Top, from the East.

25

Sky-Top, from Woodlawn Drive.

26

Sky-Top, across Lake.

27

Cave Rock.

28

The Summer Houses.

29

The Summer Houses.

30

Undercliff Bridge.

31

Tower upon Sky-Top.

 

Second Series

32

The West Shore.

33

The Bridge.

34

The Bridge.

35

Sentinel Rock.

36

The Lake, from Eagle Cliff.

37

Sky-Top, from Eagle Cliff.

38

View from Cope’s Lookout.

39

The old Man of the Mountain.

40

The old Man of the Mountain.

41

The Traps, and Gertrude’s nose.

42

Pinnacle Rock.

43

The Clove, from Pinnacle Rock.

44

The Gate of the Winds.

45

Entrance to Cave of Aeolus.

46

Near Gate of the Winds.

47

Rocks at Eagle Cliff.

48

Rocks at Eagle Cliff.

49

Rocks at Eagle Cliff.

50

The Well.

51

Cliffs, near Pinnacle Rock.

52

The Icicles.

53

The Icicles.

54

Upper Falls of Peterskill.

55

Upper Falls of Peterskill.

56

Upper Falls of Peterskill.

57

Lower Falls of Peterskill.

58

High Falls.

59

High Falls.

60

High Falls.

61

Rosendale Bridge.

62

Rosendale Bridge.

 

The famous Mohonk House resort, located near the village of New Paltz, was established in 1869 and continues to be a treasured destination today for those seeking the beauty of the Shawangunk Mountains region. Visit the Mohonk House website at www.mohonk.com for more information about accommodations, activities and history. Having stayed at the resort I can confirm that it is every bit as beautiful as the pictures make it out to be.

 

I have recently acquired a number of new photographs by John Jacob Loeffler from his “Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity” series. They have all been added to the Loeffler gallery, which now contains over 100 of his works.

 

Vintage John Jacob Loeffler stereoview titled “House from Sky-Top Path” from the “Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity” series; First Series, # 3.House from Sky-Top Path. (1st Series, # 3)Photographer: John Jacob Loeffler
Series name: Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity
Catalog #: 1st Series, No. 3
Title: House from Sky-Top Path.
House from Sky-Top Path

 

Vintage John Jacob Loeffler stereoview titled “The Great Crevice” from the “Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity” series; First Series, # 8.The Great Crevice. (1st Series, # 8)Photographer: John Jacob Loeffler
Series name: Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity
Catalog #: 1st Series, No. 8.
Title: The Great Crevice.
The Great Crevice

 

Vintage John Jacob Loeffler stereoview titled “From the Great Crevice” from the “Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity” series; First Series, # 9.From the Great Crevice. (1st Series, # 9)Photographer: John Jacob Loeffler
Series name: Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity
Catalog #: 1st Series, No. 9.
Title: From the Great Crevice.
From the Great Crevice

 

Vintage John Jacob Loeffler stereoview titled “Pine Bluff, looking North” from the “Scenery of Lake Mohonk” series; First Series, # 11.Pine Bluff, looking North. (1st Series, # 11)Photographer: John Jacob Loeffler
Series name: Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity
Catalog #: 1st Series, No. 11.
Title: Pine Bluff, looking North.
Pine Bluff, looking North

 

Vintage John Jacob Loeffler stereoview titled “The West Shore” from the “Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity” series; Second Series, # 32.The West Shore. (2nd Series, # 32)Photographer: John Jacob Loeffler
Series name: Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity
Catalog #: 2nd Series, No. 32.
Title: The West Shore.
The West Shore

 

Vintage John Jacob Loeffler stereoview titled “The Bridge” from the “Scenery of Mohonk Lake and Vicinity” series; no series listed, # 20.The Bridge. (No series listed, # 20)Photographer: John Jacob Loeffler
Series name: Scenery of Mohonk Lake and Vicinity
Catalog #: No series listed, # 20.
Title: The Bridge.
The Bridge

 

Vintage John Jacob Loeffler untitled stereoview from the “Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity” series; no series listed, no number listed.Lake Minnewaska. (No series listed; no number listed)Photographer: John Jacob Loeffler
Series name: Scenery of Mohonk Lake and Vicinity
Catalog #: No series listed, no number listed.
Title: None; utilizing Lake Minnewaska based on inscription on front left.
Lake Minnewaska

 

Vintage John Jacob Loeffler stereoview titled “Peterskill Falls” from the “Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity” series; no series listed, no number listed.Peterskill Falls. (No series listed; no number listed)Photographer: John Jacob Loeffler
Series name: Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity
Catalog #: No series listed, no number listed. Hand-written note on reverse side states “Peterskill Falls 8/15, 1882.” Based on that hand-written title this stereoview is likely 2nd Series, number 54, 55, 56 or 57.
Title: Peterskill Falls.
Peterskill Falls

 


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