John Frederick Kensett was one of the most influential members of the second generation of the Hudson River School of landscape painters. By age twelve, he was working in his family’s engraving and printing business in New Haven. When he was thirteen, Kensett went to New York to work for Peter Maverick, then America’s leading engraver. In Maverick’s shop he met John W. Casilear who would also become a painter and would remain Kensett’s lifelong friend. In 1840, they traveled throughout Europe, sketching and painting together, while moving between London, Paris, and Italy.