Gift of John and Henry W Buckingham, 1909.8

Magnificent landscapes created by a group of 19th-century painters known as the Hudson River School express the artists’ fascination with the extraordinary natural beauty of the region.

Important works by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, Thomas Hill, George Inness, Thomas Moran, and Aaron Draper Shattuck are all represented in the Berkshire Museum’s collection. The paintings are detailed representational renderings of wilderness scenes, whether a view of a verdant valley, a thickly forested mountainside, or the expanse of a mighty river. The play of light on the landscape, an expanse of sky, or the tumbling water in a fast-flowing stream expressed the skills of the artists in carefully observing and then rendering the realistic scenery.