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Edward Lamson Henry (American genre painter) 1841 - 1919
aka E.L. Henry
The Ruins of Old on the James River, 1866
oil on canvas
6 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.
signed and dated 'E.L. Henry 66' (lower right) and titled, signed and dated (on reverse)
Catalogue Note Bonhams sale American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture 24 May 2011 auction 19156 Lot 1025
This lot depicts Westover Plantation on the James River near Williamsburg, Virginia.
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Though born in Charleston, by age seven his parents had died and Henry moved to live with cousins in New York City. He began studying painting, there and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. In 1860 he went to Paris, where he studied with Charles Gleyre and Gustave Courbet, at roughly the same time as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frédéric Bazille, and Alfred Sisley.
In 1862, he returned to the United States, where he served as a clerk on a Union transport ship in the American Civil War. After the war he resumed his painting, with many works inspired by his experiences in the war. He moved into the prestigious Tenth Street Studio Building in Greenwich Village, where Winslow Homer also had a studio. In 1869, Henry was elected to the National Academy of Design, New York.