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    Artist Name:

    Thomas Doughty

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1793–1856


    Lake Scene




    Oil on canvas


    22 9/16 x 35 1/8 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase with funds from the Friends of Art and the Every Saturday Club, in memory of Mrs. Isaac S. Boyd

    Accession Number:


    On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 207
    The first American-born artist to focus exclusively on the nation’s landscape, Thomas Doughty was initially inspired by traditional British landscape painters, whose works he came to know through engravings. However, Doughty’s poetic use of light is more closely linked to the new American style of landscape painting that was at the time developing under the influence of the young Thomas Cole. Lake Scene exhibits the lyrical, atmospheric quality typical of Doughty’s oeuvre as it depicts an idyllic imaginary landscape that appears to be set among the grandiose mountains of the Swiss Alps rather than along the Hudson River Valley or New England wildernesses where he often worked.

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