Daniel Huntington Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
10-4-1816 New York, USA – 4-19-1906 New York, USABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Daniel Huntington (the artist) paternal grandfather was Benjamin Huntington, a delegate at the Second Continental Congress and first U.S. Representative from Connecticut.
He studied at Yale with Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph and the Morse code but also a great artist and later with Henry Inman. He left Yale and went to Hamilton College from 1833 to 1835 meeting Charles Loring Elliott, who encouraged him to become an artist.
He displayed his first work at the National Academy of Design in 1836. After which he painted landscapes in the tradition of the Hudson River School. Daniel Huntington in 1839 made the first of several trips during his life London, Rome, Florence and Paris to study the Old Masters.
On his return to America in 1840, Daniel Huntington painted his allegorical painting Mercy's Dream, which brought him fame and affirmed his enthusiasm in inspirational subjects. He also painted portraits and began the illustration of The Pilgrim's Progress. In 1844, he went back to Rome for inspiration and stayed for two years when he returned to New York in 1846, he devoted his time mainly to portrait painting. From 1851 to 1859 he went to live and paint in London. He returned to New York and was elected president of the National Academy of Design (which his friend Samuel Morse helped found in 1826) from 1862 to 1870, and again in 1877-1890. Daniel Huntington was also vice president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He painted the portraits of two Presidents, Lincoln and Van Buren.
Art Movement: Hudson River School.
Artists Influencing Daniel Huntington: Samuel F.B. Morse, Henry Inman.
He Traveled To England, France, Italy.
Painters Daniel Huntington Influenced: Henry Peters Gray.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.