Figures on a Path by Edward Lamson Henry
Figures on a Path by Edward Lamson Henry Figures on a Path by Edward Lamson Henry Figures on a Path by Edward Lamson Henry Figures on a Path by Edward Lamson Henry Figures on a Path by Edward Lamson Henry
Figures on a Path by Edward Lamson Henry

Figures on a Path by Edward Lamson Henry

  • A family traversing a rural road is the subject of this genre scene by Edward Lamson Henry
  • Henry's post-Civil War works are acclaimed for their realism and poignant nostalgia
  • The detail and sentimentality of his works earned him numerous commissions throughout his life
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Edward Lamson Henry
1841-1919 | American

Figures on a Path

Signed "E.L. Henry, Study Near Petersburg, Va." (lower left)
Oil on canvas

One of the most successful genre painters of his kind, Edward Lamson Henry’s 19th-century depictions of rural American life reveal the general sense of nostalgia that permeated the post-Civil War era. The artist captured his subjects as fine-natured, wholesome characters making their way in both rural and urban environments, much like the family pictured here in Figures on a Path. Henry was particularly celebrated for his historical works that captured early modes of travel, from railroads to stage coaches to quaint wagons such as this one. Charmingly detailed, the composition embodies his portrayals of early agrarian America.

Born in 1841 in South Carolina, Edward Lamson Henry moved to New York at a young age, and eventually began his artistic studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. By 1860, he traveled to Paris in order to study with Charles Gleyre and Gustave Courbet, though he returned to America during the Civil War in order to serve as a clerk on a Union transport ship. After the conflict, Henry resumed his painting, and his particular brand of genre paintings gained him a significant following.

By 1869, the artist was elected to the National Academy of Design in New York. His works were exceptionally popular throughout his lifetime; today, they can be found in institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington D.C.), the Detroit Institute of Arts, and many others.

Late 19th century

Canvas: 12 1/4" high x 20 1/4" wide
Frame: 16 7/8" high x 24 5/8" wide
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Period: 1816-1918
Origin:America
Subject:Genre
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