Edward Lamson Henry USA

1-12-1841 Charleston, USA – 5-9-1919 New York, USA

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Henry, Edward Lamson

Though born in Charleston, by age seven his parents had died and Edward Lamson Henry moved to live with cousins in New York City. He began studying painting, there and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. In 1860 he went to Paris, where he studied with Charles Gleyre and Gustave Courbet, at roughly the same time as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frédéric Bazille, and Alfred Sisley.

In 1862, he returned to the United States, where he served as a clerk on a Union transport ship in the American Civil War. After the war he resumed his painting, with many works inspired by his experiences in the war.

Edward Lamson Henry as a painter of colonial and early American themes and incidents of rural life, he displays a quaint humor.

Henry was a member of the New-York Historical Society. Because of his great attention to detail, his paintings were treated by contemporaries as authentic historical reconstructions. Henry acquired an extensive collection of antiques, old photos, and assorted Americana, from which he researched his paintings.

Henry's "historical fictions" often portrayed an idyllic and agrarian America, one relatively unperturbed by Civil War or by the growing phenomena of industrialization, urbanization and immigration that were taking place during the period in which he painted. Edward Lamson Henry's paintings were extremely popular throughout his life.

Movement: Realism
Influences: Charles Gleyre, Gustave Courbet
Traveled: France
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