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 Henry Ritter  (1816 - 1853)

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Lived/Active: United States/Germany/Canada      Known for: marine, historical, narrative

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Marine artist, Henry Ritter was born in Montreal, Canada, and his father hoped he would pursue a commercial career. Henry determined to become an artist, persisted and obtained permission to visit Europe and pursue professional studies in art. He first went to Hamburg, but finally settled in Dusseldorf, Germany where he obtained the highest prizes in the local academies. His favorite subjects were connected with the sea.

Among his works are "Smugglers Struggling with English Soldiers" (1839); "Le Panfaron"; and "A Marriage Proposal in Normandy" (1842). Arguably one of his best works is his " Young Pilot Drowned," which was purchased by the Art Society of Prussia.

His health having failed, he was not able to complete his largest canvas, " The Poacher," till 1847. His " Indians flying before a Burning Prairie" contains some of his most conscientious drawing. At his death Ritter left unfinished a large number of small pictures. He also left a series of sketches intended to be used as illustrations for an edition of the collected writings of Washington Irving, these were not published until after Ritter's death on December 21, 1858.


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