Daniel Huntington USA
10-4-1816 New York, USA – 4-19-1906 New York, USABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Daniel Huntington the son of Benjamin Huntington, Jr. and Faith Trumbull Huntington; his paternal grandfather was Benjamin Huntington, delegate at the Second Continental Congress and first U.S. Representative from Connecticut.
He studied at Yale with Samuel F.B. Morse, and later with Henry Inman. From 1833 to 1835 he transferred to Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where he met Charles Loring Elliott, who encouraged him to become an artist.
He first exhibited his work at the National Academy of Design in 1836. Subsequently he painted some landscapes in the tradition of the Hudson River School. Daniel Huntington made several trips to Europe, the first in 1839 traveling to England, Rome, Florence and Paris with his friend and pupil Henry Peters Gray.
On his return to America in 1840, Daniel Huntington painted his allegorical painting "Mercy's Dream", which brought him fame and confirmed his interest in inspirational subjects. He also painted portraits and began the illustration of The Pilgrim's Progress. In 1844, he went back to Rome. Returning to New York around 1846, he devoted his time chiefly to portrait-painting, although he painted many genre, religious and historical subjects. From 1851 to 1859 he was in England. He was president of the National Academy of Design from 1862 to 1870, and again in 1877-1890. Daniel Huntington was also vice president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He pained two Presidents, Lincoln and Van Buren.
Art Movement: Hudson River School
Influences: Samuel F.B. Morse, Henry Inman
Traveled: England, France, Italy
Influenced: Henry Peters Gray