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New England: The Berkshires

Frederic Edwin Church studied with Thomas Cole in his studio in Catskill, New York, and accompanied him on sketching sojourns both in the Catskill Mountains and the Berkshires of Massachusetts.

Spanning an area of almost 1,000 square miles, the Berkshires were originally inhabited by the Mahican Native American tribe before the arrival of English settlers in the eighteenth century. The Berkshires were, and remain, a popular tourist destination and historically significant site.


George Henry Smillie (1840–1921) Trees and Meadows of Berkshire, 1871
Oil on canvas, 14 1/16 x 26 1/16 inches
Signed and dated lower left: Geo. H. Smillie ’71–; titled, signed, and dated on verso: Trees and Meadows of Berkshire — / by Geo. H. Smillie–1871–

Image courtesy of Questroyal Fine Art, LLC