Henry Bainbridge McCarter was born in Philadelphia where he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with Thomas Eakins. He went to Paris and received instruction from Puvis de Chavannes, Leon Bonnat, and Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, among others, and became familiar with the most recent French styles, especially Fauvism. After returning to Philadelphia, McCarter supported himself as a commercial illustrator and taught at the Pennsylvania Academy, where he encouraged students who were interested in modernism. His colorful works won awards at such significant exhibitions as the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901, the St. Louis Exposition in 1904, and the Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. He also won awards at the Pennsylvania Academy in 1930 and 1939, and the Philadelphia Art Club in 1935 and 1936. McCarter died in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Inscribed on canvas verso: (in ink) "Henry McCarter/TO MY FRIEND/MISS PEEL/July 1891"
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