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John Dodgson Barrow
(American, 1824-1906)
Landscape
Oil on canvas, 26 × 45 inches

RS 6689


John Dodgson Barrow was born in New York City, and in 1839 moved with his family to the small central New York town of Skaneateles. Barrow was then sent to England, where he began studying painting. Upon returning he moved back to New York City and opened a studio next to Charles Loring Elliott (1817–1868), one of America's leading portraitists and a former resident of Skaneateles. Barrow was deeply influenced by Elliott. During this period Barrow sketched Abraham Lincoln when he spoke at Cooper Union in 1860. The resulting portrait, probably Barrow's best-known, is currently displayed at the Chicago Historical Society.

Another influence on Barrow while he lived in New York City was George Inness (1825–1894), who encouraged Barrow's new interest in landscape painting. Between 1852 and 1879, Barrow's works were included in nineteen of the Annual Exhibitions of the National Academy. His paintings were also included in exhibits at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Boston's Athenaeum, and the Union League of New York City.

Barrow returned to Skaneateles for good in the 1880's. He continued to paint as well as teach at Syracuse University. In 1900 he designed and built, at his own expense, the John D. Barrow Art Gallery to best display his paintings. He continued to paint until his death in 1906. The Barrow Art Gallery was given in trust to the Skaneateles Library Association and is still open to the public.



  


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