Thomas Doughty (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1793–1856 New York)
Oil on canvas
44 x 62 in. (111.8 x 157.5 cm)
Gift of George F. Shelton and Mrs. F. H. Markoe, in memory of their father, Theodore B. Shelton, 1917
This spring landscape is part of a series typifying the seasons and was presumably painted in the last years of the artist’s life. It is one of his most ambitious pictures and the last one of importance. It is a wide-angled panoramic view and Doughty has made an effort to give variety to the broad expanse of countryside. The farm, with people and animals in the sunlit middle distance, and the group of trees, shadowed below and brightly lit at the top, reveal a true gift for affectionate rendering of carefully observed minor detail.