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    THOMAS DOUGHTY(American 1793-1856)
    Early Winter Hiawatha Island, Owego, New York c. 1855
    Oil on canvas
    20in. x 29in.(sight size)
    Signed lower right: T. Doughty
    Inscribed on verso: belongs to M.H. Talbot
    Label inscribed: Thomas Doughty Hiawatha Island
    Provenance: Frederick H. Pumpelly, Owego, New York (possibly commissioned from the artist); by descent to his son James F. Pumpelly, Owego, New York, 1867; by descent to his daughter Mrs. Margaret Allen Pumpelly Ireland, Owego, New York, 1930; to private collection, New York, 1973; [Sotheby's New York, March 5, 2003 lot 8]
    Exhibited: Binghamton, New York State University of New York, Binghamton Collects, 1974, illustrated; Syracuse, New York, Everson Museum of Art, Panorama of American Art, 1976; Binghamton, New York, Susquehanna Images of a Settled Landscape, 1981, illustrated.
    Literature: Dobsel, "The Susquehanna Valley," Owego Gazette, September 20, 1877, p.1; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Inventory of American Paintings Executed Before 1914, Washington, D.C. no. IAP 74100121, illustrated; Emma M. Sedore, Hiawatha Island: Jewel of the Susquehanna, Owego, New York, 1994, p. 8, illustrated.

    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.

    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; Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland; Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama; Gibbes Art Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Newark Museum, New Jersey; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

    Condition: canvas relined on original stretcher, inpainted frame rub all around. 2.5in. x 1in. area of inpaint above figure's shoulder, areas of inpaint lower left region.


    Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000.

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