Nelson Augustus Moore was born on August 2nd, 1824, in Kensington, Connecticut. As a young man he worked in mills and on the railroad before moving to New York City to study with Thomas S. Cummings and Daniel Huntington, both fixtures at the National Academy of Design. Moore supplemented his income by teaching drawing classes at the New Britain Normal School, and later by opening a daguerreotype studio with his brother in 1860. Studios such as this specialized in photographic portraiture, mostlikely shaping Moore's painting style.
First and foremost, Moore was a landscapist. He devoted most of his career to painting the beautiful valleys and vistas of New York and New England. Lake George, in particular, played a large roll in his work. He spent over twenty summers there, not only painting the scenery, but accumulating clients and organizing future commissions. He cultivated patrons near and far: during his trip to Japan Moore was commissioned by the Japanese Minister to the United States to create a painting of the sacred Mount Fuji for the Emperor.
Moore’s paintings can be found in the collections of the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; and the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT, among others.