Thomas Henry Hope
Thomas Henry Hope (1832-1926) was mainly known for his trompe l'oeil still-lifes, in the style of William Harnett and John F. Peto, his fellow students at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Hope's teacher there was George Bensell. Hope may have been Peto's cousin since Peto's father's name was Thomas Hope Peto. Hope immigrated with his wife and baby daughter from England to America in 1864 and served as a musician in the Civil War. It is believed that he worked as a bandmaster to earn a living and only later did he become a full-time artist. He was most likely the T.H. Hope who exhibited Interrupted Meditations at the National Academy of Design in 1882, a year after he graduated from the PAF
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