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Susquehanna River

Artist: Thomas Doughty (1783-1856) , 19th century
Medium: Oil on canvas
The Peabody Art Collection
MSA SC 4680-10-0021

Susquehanna River

Part of the circle of American artists that included Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand, Thomas Doughty first began exhibiting his work in 1815 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Self-taught, he left a job as a leather currier in Philadelphia to pursue a career as a landscape painter. His work caught the attention of Robert Gilmore, Jr., who became his patron. Doughty traveled and painted extensively along the East Coast and contributed substantially to American landscape painting.

Doughty’s mastery of atmospheric effects is evident in this painting, which was previously exhibited at Government House and in a traveling exhibition organized by the Lancaster Art Museum. This painting came to the Peabody Institute as part of the Charles James Madison Eaton Collection in 1893, and was added to the Collection of the Maryland Commission on Artistic Property when the state purchased the Peabody Art Collection in 1996.

Portraits in the State House Caucus Room

Clarence W. Blount
Oden Bowie
Frank Brown
Leonard Calvert
Elihu E. Jackson
Robert McLane
Mary E. W. Risteau
Thomas Swann
Francis Thomas
William P. Whyte
Levin Winder

lANdSCAPE pAINTINGS in the State House Caucus Room

Morning on the Severn
Near Union Bridge
Twilight on Bear Creek
Susquehanna River
The Ark & The Dove


Decorative Arts & SculpTURE in the State House Caucus Room

Reverdy Johnson
US MD Silver Service
1840s Victorian Armchair
1905 Arm chairs