Edward Lamson Henry (1841-1919)

  • Edward Lamson Henry (1841-1919)
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  • Oil on canvas

  • 10 1/2 x 13 1/16 inches

  • Signed and dated 1879, lower right

American genre painter E. L. Henry was born in Charleston, South Carolina, but raised in New York City from the age of seven. He began studying art in his early teens under Walter Mason Oddie (1808‒1865), the New York-based landscape painter. In 1858, he enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and in 1860 continued his studies in Paris at the Académie des Beaux-Arts. His teachers at the Académie were two of Switzerland’s most celebrated history painters, Joseph Nicolas Robert-Fleury (1797‒1890) and Marc-Gabriel-Charles Gleyre (1808‒1874), whose rigorous, academic style had a lasting impact on Henry. While in Paris, Henry also studied at the atelier of Jean Joseph Benjamin-Constant (1845‒1902), known for his Romantic, Orientalist paintings, and with the Realist painter, Gustave Courbet (1819‒1877), whose other students at the time included Claude Monet (1840‒1926), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841‒1919), Frédéric Bazille (1841‒1870), and Alfred Sisley (1839‒1899).

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