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Henry Ford

 (1828 - 1894)
Henry Chapman Ford was active/lived in Illinois, California.  Henry Ford is known for mission paintings, illustrator, graphics.

Biography   Henry Ford


Henry Chapman Ford was best known for his paintings of the entire chain of twenty-one California missions.  He was born in Livonia, New York in 1828, but he pursued his studies in Paris and Florence during the late 1850's.

He was a Civil War illustrator and veteran, and as soon as he was discharged from service, he settled in Chicago, Illinois.  In Chicago, Ford became an accomplished landscapist, "the first professional landscape painter in that city" (Taft. 294) He was one of the founders of the Chicago Academy of Design and served as President in 1873. The studio that Ford kept in Chicago burned down in 1871.

During this period, he made several trips to Colorado, 1866 and 1869.  In 1875,
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