Samuel Colman was an American artist whose work spanned several different disciplines, including painting, interior design and writing. One of his most-favored subjects was the Hudson River and he is generally considered to be among the eponymous school of painters.
Colman's personality was characterized by an ability to translate his vision into several styles and by a persistent curiosity about the world. Though he studied under Hudson River School artist Asher Durand, he was also a capable Romanticist painter and remained relevant after that style became the trend after the close of the Civil War.
Samuel Colman was a world traveler and among his body of works are many scenes of the world's cities. He had a fondness for capturing the unique architecture he encountered around the world on canvas.
After travelling the American west producing landscapes in the 1880's, he became associated with the growing popularity of watercolor, and was among the artists who founded the American Watercolor Society. He served as the organization's first president from 1867 to 1871.
In addition to all of this, Colman was an accomplished etcher. His expansiveness was remarkable, in addition to his later interior design pursuits, he wrote two books on geometry and art.