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Henry Cross

 (1837 - 1918)
Henry Herman Cross was active/lived in Illinois, California.  Henry Cross is known for portrait-Indian, genre, horse-races.

Henry 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  ...  Displaying 750 of 3555 characters.

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About  Henry Cross

Born:  1837 - Flemingville, New York
Died:   1918 - Chicago, Illinois
Known for:  portrait-Indian, genre, horse-races