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Edward Lamson Henry
(1841 - 1919)
Edward Lamson Henry was born January 12, 1841 in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1855, he began his formal art training with W.M. Oddie in New York. Henry then traveled to Pennsylvania in 1858 to study with Professor F. Weber at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.
In 1860, E. L. Henry left the Academy and traveled to Paris to continue his studies. Upon his arrival in Paris, he applied and was accepted into the Beaux-Arts Academie, as a student of Joseph Nicolas Robert-Fleury’s (1797-1890). The rigorous and disciplined curriculum at the Beaux-Arts Academie under Robert-Fleury and Marc-Gabriel-Charles Gleyre (1808-1874), Switzerland’s most celebrated academic historical painters, would forever influence, E.L. Henry’s artistic career.
In 1862, Henry returned to New York where he set up a studio at 15th street Studio Building. He began exhibiting at the National Academy of Design in 1861 while living in Italy and continued until 1890. Henry was elected Associate to the National Academy in 1867 and to the National Academy in 1869.
Henry made two additional trips to Europe. In 1971, he traveled to paint and study and then in 1875 with his bride. E. L. They lived in London from 1875 to 1879 where he exhibited at the Royal Academy and Suffolk Street Gallery. He also exhibited at the 1878 Universal Exposition in Paris and at the 1889 Universal Exposition where he received honorable mention.
While Henry’s painting style remained consistent through his lifetime, his later work is less sharply defined and his palette is lighter, almost pastel. Henry died on May 11, 1919 in Ellenville, New York