Hudson River School


This site is dedicated to an in-depth exploration of The Hudson River School, America’s first true movement in American art. The school consisted of an ever-evolving fraternity of painters who helped shape the dominant vision of the American landscape from approximately 1825 to 1875. This loose-knit group of artists based in New York, along with several contemporary writers and poets who rose to prominence during the nineteenth century, hoped to define a particularly “American” voice via an intensive artistic and literary exploration of Nature. The Hudson River School celebrated the glorious lands of the Hudson River Valley and beyond, forging a unique vision of the vast potential of a country that was in the process of identifying itself. Read More

Recent News

Rebuilding of New Studio begins at Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Chelsea DeLay | July 12th, 2014 | Posted in News
Image from the groundbreaking ceremony for the rebuilding of Thomas Cole’s New Studio at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York.  Claude Haton/Columbia-Greene Med.

In December of 1846, Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole fulfilled a life goal of having his own studio in which he could work and handle his art. Before its completion, he Read more…

Canvassing the White Mountains: Icons of Place Opens this Weekend at the Historical Society of Cheshire County

Chelsea DeLay | June 20th, 2014 | Posted in Essays
Peace and Harmony (1865) – Mount Washington from the Intervale in North Conway, New Hampshire, by Benjamin Champney, 1817-1907.

In today’s world, an eye-catching photo with a witty or interesting caption paired with an effective use of content-related hashtags is all it takes for a person or place to start trending Read more…

The “Reformers” and “Re-Makers” of the American Identity

Chelsea DeLay | June 9th, 2014 | Posted in Essays
Thomas Cole (1801–1848) View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow, 1836 Oil on canvas, 51½ x 76 inches Collection Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1908, 08.228 - See more at:

During the nineteenth century, American culture demonstrated a particularly strong relationship between art and literature; Hudson River School painters and our nation’s poets were united by Read more…

Summer Travel Advice from Hudson River School Painters

Chelsea DeLay | May 30th, 2014 | Posted in Essays
Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837–1908)
Narragansett Shore, 1871 
Oil on paper mounted on board
6 3/8 x 12 3/16 inches
Signed and dated 1871 lower left

The sun is shining and the temperatures are rising, which means that summer is almost here! It’s hard to believe that the month of June is already knocking on our doors, yet

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The Adirondack Museum Re-Opens with Great Wilderness, Great Expectations!

Chelsea DeLay | May 15th, 2014 | Posted in Events and Exhibitions
Levi Wells Prentice, White Birches of the Racquiette[sic], ca. 1878. Oil on canvas. Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain, New York

On May 23, 2014, the Adirondack Museum will re-open for the season with an exhibition of Hudson River School paintings that will delight fans of Read more…