Edward Lamson Henry

(1841-1919)

Edward Henry, born in 1841, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and in Paris with Courbet in 1860. After his studies in Europe, Henry won recognition for his historical genre paintings of rural, nostalgic scenes. Henry exhibited his work at the National Academy over a span of 60 years. Henry was an early member of the Cragsmoor Art Colony when he decided to build his home there. During the Civil War he sketched with the Union Army in Virginia. For many of his paintings he relied on his collection of antiques to execute minute detail. It is said that Henry's portraits show sensitivity to poverty and innocence. He died in 1919.