The detailed rendering of this tranquil summer scene is characteristic of Hart's early work, when he was most deeply influenced by the Hudson River school of landscape painting. It was commissioned by the Lord family of Baltimore in the late 1850s, at around the time that William T. Walters was also patronizing the artist.

As child Hart emigrated from Scotland to Albany, then a rapidly expanding industrial hub. In 1852, like many of his fellow artists, he traveled to Germany's major art centers, Munich and Düsseldorf, where he completed his training. From 1857 until his death, Hart was based in New York City, and exhibited successfully in the United States and Europe.


  • Title: Hudson River Landscape
  • Creator: James McDougal Hart (American, 1828-1901)
  • Date Created: 1858
  • 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: Commissioned by The Lord family, 1850s; inherited by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lord, Baltimore; given to Walters Art Museum, 1978.
  • Object Type: paintings
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Inscriptions: [Signed and dated] Lower left: James M. Hart 1858
  • Geography: Place of Origin: United States, Place Depicted: Hudson River
  • Exhibitions: From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
  • Dimensions: H: 16 5/16 x W: 24 1/8 in. (41.4 x 61.3 cm); Framed H: 27 3/4 x W: 34 1/16 x D: 3 15/16 in. (70.5 x 86.5 x 10 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lord (commissioned from the artist by the Lord family), 1978
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.2555

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