Thomas Doughty

Thomas Doughty


Nationality: American

Birth Place: Philadelphia (Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania, United States)

Thomas Doughty was a pioneer of American landscape painting during a time when most artists could only make a living from portrait commissions. Along with Thomas Cole, Doughty is considered to be one of the founders of the Hudson River School of landscape painting.

Born in Philadelphia, Doughty apprenticed to a leather merchant and worked as a leather currier. A self-taught artist, he turned to landscape painting as his profession in 1820. Doughty quickly won critical acclaim for his serene landscapes of the rivers and mountains of Pennsylvania, New York, and New England. Doughty was elected a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1824 and of the National Academy of Design in 1827. He lived in Philadelphia and Boston during the 1820s and 1830s, traveling extensively in the northeast and occasionally to England in search of subjects and commissions. Certain trademark elements earned him the title "Painter of Nature": autumnal palette, towering elm tree, cascading falls, hazy mountain views, and solitary figure.

Following a brief residence in Newburgh, New York, Doughty moved permanently to New York City in 1840. He was a prolific artist who exhibited frequently at the National Academy of Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Boston Athenaeum, Maryland Historical Society, and overseas at several British and French galleries. Doughty's work is held in public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Baltimore Museum of Art; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Newark Museum, New Jersey; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.


Thomas Doughty Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
PROPERTY FROM A TENNESSEE PRIVATE COLLECTION  THOMAS DOUGHTY (American, 1793-1856) Catskills, circa 1848 Oil on canv
PROPERTY FROM A TENNESSEE PRIVATE COLLECTIONTHOMAS DOUGHTY (American, 1793-1856)Catskills, circa 1848Oil on canv...
Lot 64074
Auction 5057
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
THOMAS DOUGHTY (American 1793-1856) Landscape with Windmill Oil on canvas 40in. x 54in. Signed lower right
THOMAS DOUGHTY (American 1793-1856)Landscape with WindmillOil on canvas40in. x 54in.Signed lower right...
Lot 30122
Auction 621
Friday, November 18, 2005

View prices realized on more items like this

PLEASE NOTE: All prices realized reflect the final hammer price PLUS the buyer's premium in auctions that charge a buyer's premium. Each item has a notation at the top of the listing indicating whether that lot included a buyer's premium. All information listed is intended to be as accurate as possible, but errors are possible. Please use this guide carefully and inform us of any inaccuracies.

Art Values

How do you know what's valuable?

Our Art Value Guide provides free information about how to value your Thomas Doughty artwork.

Get a FREE auction evaluation

Our experts will evaluate your Thomas Doughty artwork for auction or private treaty sale.

Want More Thomas Doughty?

Be the first to know when more items from this artist are available by adding it your wantlist.

Interested in selling or consigning?

Learn more about selling or consigning your Thomas Doughty artwork with Heritage Auctions.

Other artists with this Nationality