Caroline M. Clowes: Rediscovering an Important 
19th Century American Painter

Exhibition: Saturday, September 5 through Sunday, September 27.

Caroline M. Clowes (1838—1904) was known & celebrated during her lifetime for her animal & landscape paintings of Dutchess County. Lost to the chronicle of art for over 100 years, her life and works have been recently rediscovered and researched by the Dutchess County Historical Society. This is the first exhibit of her restored paintings, sketches, and her life story.

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Caroline M. Clowes was at the height of her artistic profession when her work, "Cattle at the Brook," was exhibited at the 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition celebrating the centennial of the United States. She was not featured in the women's gallery, but in the main Exhibition Hall in the coveted Gallery "C" (see circled image below).

CMC 2020 012 Two Cows Wappinger Creek

Although we have not located the painting exhibited in Philadelphia in 1876, there were likely similarities to "Two Cattle at Wappingers Creek" which is part of DCHS Collections, above.

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