The Hudson River School of the mid 19th Century produced artwork that developed our national identity and that of the newest part of the New World, the rugged West. I have here a sample of mostly Hudson River members, arranged in order of date. As you pass through, notice the effects of lighting used, the presentation of land masses, and the importance of scenery. Excluding Thomas Cole's first painting here, note that these artist had already spent most of the time that they would have together before painting these works. The outbreak and conclusion of the civil war is what sent these artists out from their school into the country sides.