Born in Norwich, CT on March 28, 1816. Hart began his art studies in Norwich and continued in NYC. He moved to Hartford, CT in 1848 and exhibited panoramas there and in NYC in 1852. A resident of Hartford until the early 1860s, he then moved to Cleveland, OH where he established an art supplies store. Shortly thereafter, Hart traveled to California and was active in the Mother Lode area. In 1866 he was commissioned by the Central Pacific Railroad to photograph the construction of the railroad between Sacramento and Utah. For a few years he maintained a photography studio in Sacramento at the corner of Third and J streets before settling in San Francisco. Primarily a landscape painter, Hart contributed works to the Arriola Relief Fund
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers
(Fielding, Mantle); New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America
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