John Raught, born at Dunore, Pennsylvania in September 1857, studied at the National Academy of Design and was living in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1885 when he exhibited a still-life at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Later he enrolled at the Académie Julian under Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre.
In 1889, when he spent some time at Pont-Aven, he exhibited The Great Road; Brittany in the Paris Salon and Bords de l’Oise appeared in the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts’ 1897 exhibition.
Mainly, Raught exhibited at the Boston Art Club (1892-1903) and at the National Academy of Design (1891-1901). From these records we learn that Raught lived in New York City at various addresses and that he exhibited only landscapes.
The Everhart Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania established a memorial to Raught, who died in January of 1931. His Summer Landscape with Stream, dated 1904 (Private collection), shows delicate and sensitive brushwork, a limited but bright plein-air palette and a simplified two-part composition, often used by the impressionists. There is, however, no use of broken color and no blue or purple shadows.