Nationality & Life Dates:
Oil on canvas
Support/Overall: 22 9/16 x 35 1/8in. (57.3 x 89.2cm)
Framed/Mounted: 31 x 43 1/4 inches (78.7 cm x 109.9 cm)
Purchase with funds from the Friends of Art and the Every Saturday Club, in memory of Mrs. Isaac S. Boyd
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. Doughty’s poetic use of light, however, is more closely related to the new American style of landscape painting that was developing under the influence of the young Thomas Cole. Lake Scene exhibits the lyrical, atmospheric quality typical of Doughty’s oeuvre: 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.