Happy Birthday George Loring Brown!! American born in 1814, George Loring Brown was born in Boston, grew up in this country and is considered a member of the Hudson River School. (Remember we just read about Hudson River School founder Thomas Cole on February 1st.) Brown studied under portrait painter Washington Allston. He made the voyage to Europe twice, ultimately working for over 20 years in Italy, however, and Italian landscapes were his specialty. Brown was greatly influenced by Romanticism as evidenced in the painting Twilight-Lake Alabano, Rome. Brown was one of the first American artists to use watercolor.