Born on May 1, 1825 in Newburgh, New York, George Inness was the son of a grocer from New York City. With little formal training, his professional career began with imitations of Thomas Cole, the father of the Hudson River School. Surprisingly successful in that mode at the beginning of his career, Inness had a painting exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1844 and established his own studio in New York by 1848. But critical acclaim eluded him. In 1851, Inness decided to...