Thomas Doughty (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1793–1856 New York)
Oil on canvas
14 3/4 x 21 1/2 in. (37.5 x 54.6 cm)
Gift of Samuel P. Avery, 1891
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 731
This view is thought to represent a stretch of the Hudson River in the vicinity of the Catskill Mountains north of Newburgh, New York. Doughty’s subdued manner and the scene’s lack of sublimity reinforce the essentially eighteenth-century English character of his landscapes. The subdued palette, contemplative atmosphere, and undifferentiated masses of foliage create a pleasant, if conservative, mood—one that would be displaced by the emerging Romantic sensibilities of younger American artists.