A notable American landscapist of the early 1800's, George Lafayette Clough was a painter of the Hudson River School of landscape painting.
Cough was a native of New York, his birth place was in Auburn and he was raised by his mother who was a widow.
George Lafayette Clough is remarkable among artists of his time for the fact that, though he did undertake some formal study in the United States and Europe, his artistic abilities were mostly self-taught. He studied for a time under Randall Palmer, a portrait painter and Charles Loring Elliot.
Clough painted the serene landscapes characteristic of the Hudson River school. During the 1860 and 1870's he switched his focus to New York City, but by the end of the 1870's he was back to painting the landscapes for which he is best known.
He travelled throughout the eastern United States to paint his landscapes visiting Pennsylvania, a large portion of New England and ranging west to Ohio. His landscapes emphasize the use of lighting and ambiance. During his studies in Europe, he copied the work of accomplished painters to refine his style. The experience gained is reflected in the subtlety and technical abilities he demonstrated with lighting.