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 Henry Farrer  (1843 - 1903)

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Lived/Active: New York / United Kingdom      Known for: tonalist coastal landscape, animal paintings, etching

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Sunset, New York Harbor
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The following is from Andrew Melville-Smith of South Australia. He is a descendant of the artist.

Henry Farrer (American, 1843-1903)

Born in London in 1843, Henry Farrer was the younger brother of Thomas Charles Farrer, who, along with William Trost Richards and a handful of others was a founding member in 1863 of the Association of Advancement of Truth in Art. The organization was based on the principles of Pre-Raphaelite* philosopher and artist John Ruskin, with whom Thomas Farrer had studied drawing at the Working Men's College in London. In fact, the Farrer brothers became leading American 'Ruskinians', as part of the American Pre-Raphaelite movement of the 1860s, 70s and even 80s.

Thus, the Farrers are best remembered for their delicate watercolors and etchings, which reveal their Ruskinian attention to detail, close focus, and meticulous brushwork.

Little is known about Henry's childhood or early training, but it is said that he was self-taught. At the age of nineteen he immigrated to the United States and opened a studio in New York City where he painted landscapes, predominantly in watercolor.

Henry Farrer was a founding member of the American Society of Painters in Water Color* (in 1866) and was secretary of that organization for many years. Farrer was also a founding member of the New York Etching Club* and became its President in 1881. Sometime around 1868 Henry built his own etching press and began his first attempts at etching by making precise topographical* views featuring scenes of New York buildings.

Farrer also became a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers* in London and an honorary member of the Philadelphia Society of Painter Etchers. He lived in Brooklyn at 51 West 10th from about 1887 until his death in 1903.

Paintings:

Sunset on the Marshes (held by University of Minnesota, Glensheen, Minnesota)
Sunset in the Wetlands (Held by Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc, New York, New York)
Sunset near Great South bay (Held by Kennedy Galleries, 40 West 57th Street,
New York, New York).
Portland Head Light (Held by Kennedy Galleries, 40 West 57th Street, New
York, New York).
Early Morning Rowing (Held by Kennedy Galleries, 40 West 57th Street, New
York, New York).
Field with haystacks (Held by Kennedy Galleries, 40 West 57th Street, New
York, New York).
Windmill on Long Island (Held by Kennedy Galleries, 40 West 57th Street, New
York, New York).
Rural Road (Held by Kennedy Galleries, 40 West 57th Street, New York, New
York).
Canal Scene (Held by C. G. Sloan & Co. Inc., 715 13th Street N. W., Washington, District of Columbia).
December (Held by Smithsonian American Art Museum)
Near the Sea (Held by Smithsonian American Art Museum)
Old Houses in five points (Held by Smithsonian American Art Museum)
Old New York Bay (Held by Smithsonian American Art Museum)
Early Home (Held by Smithsonian American Art Museum) IMAGE
Fifth Avenue Building from Grace Church (Held by National Art Museum,
Washington. DC) IMAGE
Fishing Boats and Shack (Held by National Art Museum, Washington. DC)
1865: Wreck on the Coast (Held by Childs Gallery, 169 Newbury St, Boston,
Massachusetts)
1871: Looking across pond (Held by Anthony Feeney Jr.., 100 State St,
Albany, New York)
1875: Sunrise New York Bay (Held by Mr.&Mrs. Thomas Colville, New Haven,
Connecticut), Coastal Highlands, Whitehead, Coast of Maine (Held by Mr. &
Mrs. Ross Wilbur Jr., One West 72nd Street, New York, New York.). Portland
Head Light, Maine(Held by Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard,
Fort Worth, Texas). Cottage at Twilight (Held by Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc,
New York, New York). Landscape lake (Held by Old Print Shop, 150 Lexington
Avenue, New York, New York).
1877: Twilight (Held by Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc, New York, New York).
1879: November Day (Held by Christie Manson & Woods International Inc., 502
Park Avenue, New York, New York).
1880: Sunset, Gowanus Bay (Held by Smithsonian American Art Museum)
1883: Marsh in late November (Held by Richard a. Bourne Co., Inc.,
Corporation Street, Hyannis, Massachusetts). Winter Evening (Held by
Smithsonian American Art Museum)
1884: Sunset through the Trees, Evening New York Harbour (Held by
Smithsonian American Art Museum)
1885: Sweet is the Hour of Rest (Held by National Art Museum, Washington. DC)
1886: Landscape (Held by Smithsonian American Art Museum) IMAGE
1891: October on the Marshes (Held by Paterson Free Public Library, 250
Broadway, paterson, New Jersey)
1892: View of Provincetown (Held by Smithsonian American Art Museum) IMAGE
1893: Fisherman at Dawn (Held by Christie Manson & Woods International Inc., 502 Park Avenue, New York, New York)
1894: Last light
1896: Landscape (Held by Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave,
Montclair, New Jersey). On the River.
1898: Village Pond (Held by Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc, New York, New York).
1899: Sun setting over water, Grey day(Held by Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey)
1900: Cottage at Evening (Held by Christie Manson & Woods International Inc.,
502 Park Avenue, New York, New York). Landscape at Sunset
1901: At the end of the Day. View of a River, Autumn.
1902: Grey September Day (Held by Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc, New York, New
York).

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