Hugh Bolton Jones USA

10-20-1848 Baltimore, USA - 9-24-1927 New York, USA

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Jones, Hugh Bolton

Hugh Bolton Jones went on to study at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore under David Acheson Woodward, the portrait painter.

Between 1865 and 1876 Hugh Bolton Jones spent a large part of his time in New York, while retaining Baltimore as his residence. For a few months he studied under Horace Wolcott Robbins before Robbins and Frederic Edwin Church left for Jamaica. Church had a major influence on his style. Jones began to exhibit at the National Academy of Design in 1867. He became a close friend of the painter Thomas Hovenden in New York. In 1868 Jones and Hovenden set up a shared studio in Baltimore.

In the summer of 1870 Jones spent four months in Europe. He exhibited scenes from England and Ireland at the 1871 Baltimore Artists Sale. He spent the summer of 1873 sketching in Maryland and Virginia, traveling by railway. His 1874 painting Summer in the Blue Ridge was exhibited at the National Academy of Design and was highly praised.

In 1876 Hugh Bolton Jones and his younger brother Francis Coates Jones left for a four-year visit to travel and paint in Europe. They lived cheaply at the Gloanec Pension, where Gauguin would stay in the late 1880s. He also sketched in Spain, England, Italy, and Morocco. He exhibited in London and in Paris at the Salon and the Exposition Universelle of 1878.

Hugh Bolton Jones is best known for his paintings of the flat country of New England and New Jersey. The influence of Frederic Edwin Church and the Hudson River School shows in his handling of light and the precision of his en plein air depictions of nature.

Movement: Hudson River School
Influences: David Woodward, Frederic Edwin Church, Horace Robbins
Traveled: France, England, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Morocco
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