Henry Farrer (1843-1903)
- Henry Farrer (1843-1903)
- Autumn, 1889
- Watercolor on paper
- 17 x 25 ¼ inches
- Signed and dated 1889, lower left
- Inscription: Autumn, "The Oak-Leaves Rustle, And the Dry Grass Bends,"
- Farrer's inscription includes a stanza from the poem "The Last Walk in Autumn" by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892).
Born in London, the younger brother of Thomas Charles Farrer, Henry Farrer came to the United States at the age of nineteen and settled in Brooklyn, New York. He soon opened a studio in New York City and established a reputation for his landscapes painted in watercolor. In 1866, he became a founding member of the American Society of Painters in Water Color, and the following year, he exhibited his work for the first time at the National Academy of Design and the Brooklyn Art Association. Farrer’s early works demonstrate the close attention to detail and the meticulous brushwork characteristic of American Pre-Raphaelite painting.