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On the Hudson

Artist:
Thomas Doughty (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1793–1856 New York)
Date:
1830–35
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
14 3/4 x 21 1/2 in. (37.5 x 54.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Samuel P. Avery, 1891
Accession Number:
91.27.1
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.
Signature: [at lower center]: T. DOUGHTY
Samuel Putnam Avery Sr., New York (until 1891)
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