James McDougal Hart (1828-1901)

  • James McDougal Hart (1828-1901)
  • Sheep by a Stream, 1858
  • Oil on canvas
  • 10 ¾ x 8 ¼ inches
  • Signed and dated 1858, lower right

Prominent amongst the second generation of Hudson River School painters, James McDougal Hart is known for his refined and intricately crafted pastoral scenes, often featuring grazing cattle. Born in Kilmarnock, Scotland in 1828, Hart immigrated with his family to Albany, New York when he was just two years old. His older brother, William Hart (1823–1894), and younger sister, Julie Hart Beers (1835–1913), also went on to become accomplished landscape painters. James’ future wife, Marie Theresa Gorsuch, was a still life painter, and their three children, Robert Gorsuch Hart, Letitia Bonnet Hart, and Mary Theresa Hart, all grew up to be painters as well.

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James McDougal Hart Sheep by a Stream, 1858
James McDougal Hart Sheep by a Stream, 1858