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Enoch Wood Perry Jr.
(Boston, Massachusetts, 1831 - 1915, New York City, New York)
Enoch Wood Perry Jr. is a Bostonian by birth, originally trained as a painter in New Orleans (1848-52). In the early 1850s, he went to work in Düsseldorf, Germany, with the famed Emmanuel Leutze, painter of the well-known Washington Crossing the Delaware. Perry studied in Paris under Thomas Couture, an artist much less concerned with strict linearity of approach than Leutze; the young man spent the remaining years of the 1850s in Venice as U.S. Consul. Returning to the U.S. at the end of the period, Perry made the decision to seek his artistic fortune in the Far West. Traveling to California in 1862, the painter then settled on the Pacific Coast until 1866, making a number of painting tours through the Rockies and farther west to Hawaii on several occasions. Working in portraiture, landscape, and genre, Perry did not achieve the highest levels in the development of his art, though such distinctions were certainly not made by his pleased patrons in California or in Utah. Perry also painted landscapes with Albert Bierstadt in Yosemite Park before moving east into a Utah artistic sojourn. To George Ottinger's chagrin, Perry sold $11,000 worth of portraits (LDS and Salt Lake City Collections) and landscapes to eager Salt Lakers in a period of a little over four months around the year 1865, while Ottinger, "the Utahn," was struggling in the same pursuit just for the basic necessities.