The detailed rendering of this tranquil scene is characteristic of Hart's early work, when he was most deeply influenced by the Hudson River school of landscape painting.

Born in Scotland, Hart began his career as a coach decorator. In 1850, he traveled to Germany's major art centers--Munich and Düsseldorf--where he completed his training as an artist. From 1857 until his death, Hart was based in New York City.


  • Title: A Stream in the Adirondacks
  • Creator: James McDougal Hart (American, 1828-1901)
  • Date Created: 1859
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: James McDougal Hart (American, 1828-1901)
  • Provenance: Purchased by William T. Walters from the artist, Baltimore, 1859; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
  • Object Type: oil paintings
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] At lower left: James M. Hart; [Date] At lower left: 1859
  • Geography: Place of Origin: New York
  • Exhibitions: From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016., The American Artist as Painter and Draftsman. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2001., American Painting: 1857-1869. Delaware Art Center, Wilmington. 1962., The Walters' American Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005-2006.
  • Dimensions: H: 21 1/8 x W: 35 1/4 in. (53.7 x 89.5 cm); H with frame: 34 1/4 x W: 48 1/4 x D: 5 in. (87 x 122.6 x 12.7 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by William T. Walters, 1859
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.103

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