Dughet was an influential landscape artist based in Rome, who was inspired by his brother-in-law, Nicholas Poussin, whose name he adopted, and Claude Lorraine. These three painters sketched together in the countryside around Rome. Dughet followed the older artists' example by using drawings made from nature as a basis for his idealised scenes painted in the studio, or as fresco decorations for Roman palaces. His work differed from theirs, however, since he rarely included historical, biblical or mythological episodes. Many of Dughet's paintings were bought in the eighteenth century by British Grand Tourists.