George Lafayette Clough (1824 - 1901)
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Born to a lower-middle class family in Auburn, New York, George Lafayette Clough was nearly entirely self-taught as an artist. In 1838, Clough managed to obtain some education in the arts and achieved only minor recognition in his local area. It was not until Clough's time working in Charles Loring Elliot's studio in New York City that Clough finally began to kickstart his career as a serious painter. He incorporated a somewhat loose variant of the Hudson River School style to his landscapes and enjoyed painting forest interiors and waterside scenes. The content of his works reinforced the popular image of a pastoral antebellum America. In 1848, he exhibited two paintings at the National Academy of Design. Clough also spent some time studying pictures at the Louvre in Europe.