In Nature's Wonderland, 1835

  • Thomas Doughty, American, 1793-1856

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 24 1/2 × 30 inches (62.2 × 76.2 cm)
  • 31 1/8 × 37 1/8 × 2 1/8 inches (79.1 × 94.3 × 5.4 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund


On View

  • American W272


American Art before 1950

  • Oil
  • Canvas
  • Man
  • Painting (visual work)
  • Landscape
  • Boston

Signed and dated, lower center: T. Doughty 1835

Inscribed, on back, visible before relining: Painted by Tho's Doughty for John D. Fisher M.D. 1835

1835, John D. Fisher (Boston, Massachusetts, USA). Mrs. Samuel Hammond (Boston, Massachusetts, USA). 1935, Vose Galleries (Boston, Massachusetts, USA). 1935-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Thomas Doughty, In Nature's Wonderland, 1835, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund, 35.119.