George Harvey was born in England but emigrated to the United States to seek his fortune. He came through Rochester in the mid-1830s, when he most likely created the sketch on which he based this painting.
Harvey traveled the country, drawing picturesque scenes that he planned to turn into portfolios of prints to market to British collectors interested in seeing the beauty of the American landscape. His plan did not work out as he had hoped, and he retired to his home on the Hudson near New York City.
Later, he tried unsuccessfully to market the prints, and ultimately repurposed his life’s work as illustrated lectures given in variety of venues. Harvey remained interested in the atmospheric effects of changing weather on the American landscape, much as he demonstrated in MAG’s painting of Pittsford on the Erie Canal.