Henry Herman Cross
(1837 - 1918)
Henry Herman Cross was active/lived in Illinois, California. Henry Cross is known for portrait-Indian, genre, horse-races.
Biography Henry Herman Cross
Born in Flemingville, New York, Henry Cross became a reputed painter of
Indian portraits and racehorses and was described by Buffalo Bill Cody
as the "greatest painter of Indian portraiture of all times." (Samuels
116) He was a perpetually adventurous person who, as a teen-ager
ran away several times to join a circus and then at age sixteen,
traveled to Paris where he studied with animal painter Rosa Bonheur
between 1853 and 1855.
Returning to the United States, he
earned a living painting animals on the sides of wagons and traveled
West, again working with a circus. For the first time, he saw
real-life Indians, but they were tame because they were circus
spectators. His experiences during this time stimu
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