A notable landscape painter of the 19th century, George Clough was born in Auburn, New York. He was a self-taught painter, but did receive some training from Charles Loring Elliott. In the 1850s, he traveled to Europe to study and spent time in Italy, Holland and Germany. Upon his return he began to concentrate on pastoral scenes which became his primary subject. He was a member of the Brooklyn Brush and Palette Club and exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York City, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Brooklyn Art Association, Boston Art Club, and others.