James McDougal Hart (1828-1901)

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James McDougal Hart was a Scottish-born American painter of the Hudson River School. Hart was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland but moved to Albany, New York as a young child. Hart learned a lot from his older brother, William who was also a Hudson River School artist.

Hart, landscape, 1853

landscape, 1853

Hart, Summer in the Catskills

Summer in the Catskills

In New York Hart made a living making carriages before training as an artist in Europe. Hart trained in both Munich and Dusseldorf. When Hart returned to the United States he exhibited at the Academy of Design. Hart soon became an associate at the academy, where he exhibited for decades to follow. Hart also lived and exhibited in Brooklyn, New York.

Hart, Conversation by the River

Conversation by the River

Hart painted similar subjects as his brother, but was known for taking on ambitious, large-scale projects. Both brothers often painted cattle and pastoral scenes outside of New York City. Hart followed the philosophical beliefs of the Hudson River School and cherished the time he spent in nature.

Hart, View on the River, Farmington 1866

View on the River, Farmington 1866

Hart, Autumn Lake

Autumn Lake

Hart’s paintings are now in museums and private collections around the world. Do you think you own a painting by James McDougal Hart? Contact us. We are the James McDougal Hart experts.