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Edward Lamson Henry

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Edward Lamson Henry was born in Charleston, South Carolina; at the age of seven, he was brought to live with relatives in New York. He began studying art at fourteen with Walter Oddie (1808–1865), a landscape painter and early member of the National Academy of Design. Henry furthered his study with Paul Weber (1823–1916) at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and in Paris as a student of Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury (1797–1890) at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He later traveled through Rome and Florence. In 1859, Henry began exhibiting yearly at the National Academy of Design; two years later he received the status of full Academician. From 1875 to 1879, Henry lived in London and exhibited at the Royal Academy and Suffolk Street Gallery, and exhibited at both the 1878 and 1889 Expositions Universelles, receiving an honorable mention for his submission to the latter. After returning to the United States, he spent summers in a small artist/farming community in upstate New York known as Cragsmoor, which frequently appeared as the subject of his landscape and genre paintings from the late 1870s onward. (JGK)