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Hiram Dwight Torrey
(American, 1820-1900)
Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, 1865
Oil on panel, 23 × 19 1/2 inches
Signed and dated at lower right: "H.D. Torrey/Pinxt/1865"
Exhibition: Westmoreland Museum of Art, Penn's Promise: Still-Life Painting in Pennsylvania, 1795–1930, 1988.

RS 1852


Hiram Torrey was born in New Lebanon, New York. A graduate of Williams College, he taught painting and drawing at the Washington Female Seminary from about 1847 to 1850. In 1849, Torrey married and late in 1850 they relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he taught and had a studio. From 1853 until 1862 Torrey lived in Reading, PA where he, along with artist Francis Daniel Devlan (1835–1870) formed the Reading Art Union. Torrey married for a second time in 1862.

Torrey was the captain of the Republican Invincibles in Reading: a Wide-Awake/Republican Party "political marching club" (or "street gang" depending on the speaker) which marched in support of Lincoln & Hamlin for the Anti-Slavery/Pro-Union Cause. After President Lincoln's death, Torrey wrote a memorial play entitled The Tragedy of Abraham Lincoln, in Five Acts, by An American Artist. Torrey died in Delanco, New Jersey.



  


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