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Edward Lamson Henry


Edward Lamson Henry, also known as E.L. Henry, was an American painter best known for his rural genre scenes. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and briefly in Paris, under Gustave Courbet and Charles Gleyre at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Upon returning to the United States, he set up a studio in New York's Tenth Street Studio Building. 

During the American Civil War, Henry served as a captain’s desk clerk on a Union transport vessel, which allowed him to document the war from an artist's perspective.  Afterward, in 1867, he was elected an associate of the National Academy of Design in New York and became a full academician just two years later in 1869. 

He was buried in Johnstown, New York after succumbing to pneumonia in 1919.