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Lake Scene

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Lake Scene

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Thomas Doughty
American, 1793–1856




Oil on canvas

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22 9/16 x 35 1/8 inches


Currently Not on View


Among the first American-born landscape artists, Thomas Doughty taught himself to paint by copying British landscape paintings and prints. Lake Scene exhibits the lyrical, atmospheric quality typical of Doughty’s work: 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 wilderness where he often worked. Doughty found greatest commercial success with his imaginary, romantic landscapes, such as depicted in this fanciful lake scene.


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

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