Inness and the Berkshires

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As a struggling young painter in the late 1840s and early 1850s, Inness was helped by four influential people with links to the Berkshires. Ogden Haggerty and Samuel Gray Ward were businessmen, Catharine Sedgwick a popular author, and the Reverend Henry Ward Beecher a prominent clergyman. These patrons all had summer houses in the Berkshires and moved in the same social circles in both country and city. While Haggerty and Beecher collected Inness's work, Sedgwick, with whom Inness may have briefly collaborated, and Ward, who helped him financially, may have further encouraged the artist to visit and paint scenes of the Berkshires.


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