American, 1793-1856

View of West Point

Date: 1827

This painting showcases the decorative landscapes of Thomas Doughty, a Philadelphia-born artist who helped create a taste for American scenery in the first part of the 1800s. Doughty took familiar places along the Eastern seaboard and then dressed them up artistically to emphasize the grandeur of nature. These works feature two striking natural areas. View of West Point shows a site fifty miles up the Hudson River from New York City, where a curve in the river allowed for an important fort to be built and where the famous military academy of the same name would eventually develop.

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Medium: Oil on canvas

Inscriptions: Signed and dated lower right: "G. Doughty, Dec'r 1827"

Dimensions: H: 16 1/2 x W: 23 1/2 in.

Accession: 0056.2

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Paintings - Landscapes

Tags: West Point

Purchased December 10, 1977 from Newhouse Galleries. From the collections of Vose Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts; and a private California collector.