Edward Gay (1837-1928)

  • Edward Gay (1837-1928)
  • Children by a Rowboat
  • Oil on board
  • 12 x 10 inches
  • Signed lower left (on boat hull)

Born near Mullinger, County Westmeath, Ireland, Edward Gay was a highly successful landscape painter. At the age of eleven, during the Irish potato famine of the 1840s, he left Ireland, accompanying his family to Albany, New York. As a young man, Gay gained the friendship of the well-known landscape painter, James MacDougal Hart, and joined Hart and fellow artists on sketching trips to Lake George. He also associated with other notable talents, including Homer Dodge Martin, Erastus Dow Palmer, and George Boughton. At the early age of twenty-one, he began exhibiting at the National Academy of Design, where he would remain a frequent exhibitor throughout his career.

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Edward Gay Children by a Rowboat