Thomas Doughty (1793-1856)

  • Thomas Doughty (1793-1856)

  • Windsor Castle

  • Oil on canvas

  • 17 1/8 x 27 5/8 inches

  • Signed lower left

Thomas Doughty, a native of Philadelphia, is well-recognized as one of the first American artists to make his name as a landscape painter. Doughty began his career in dry goods, first apprenticing with a local tanner before establishing his own leather business in partnership with his older brother. In 1816, despite having no formal artistic training, he exhibited a landscape painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Several years later, in 1820, Doughty left his tanning business in order to pursue landscape painting in earnest, quickly establishing himself as a singular talent. He showed again at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1822, after which he exhibited annually over the course of the following decade. During this time, he was also elected to the Pennsylvania Academy as a full member (1824), and as an honorary member of the National Academy of Design (1827). Doughty further exhibited his landscapes at the American Academy of Fine Art in New York, at Peale's Baltimore Museum in Maryland, as well as at the Boston Museum and Boston Athenaeum in Massachusetts.

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