(American born Ireland, 1840 - 1895)

The Artist in His Studio

Oil on canvas, 20 1/8 x 24 1/8 inches
Signed at lower left: “Hovenden/1873”

After fulfilling naturalization requirements in New York, Hovenden’s friend Hugh Bolton Jones invited him to Baltimore where they set up a shared studio. It is likely that the sitter depicted here with pipe and tasseled hat is Jones.

Painter and etcher Thomas Hovenden was born in Dunmanway, Ireland, in 1840. He studied at the local Cork School of Design, and, after coming to the United States, at the National Academy of Design in New York City and in Paris under Alexander Cabanel. Hovenden was a member of the New York Etching Club, and he became a member of the National Academy of Design in 1882. He started exhibiting at the National Academy in 1874, and his work was shown at the Paris Salon in 1876 and 1878, and at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. He died in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, in 1895.

About the Artist

(American born Ireland, 1840 - 1895)

Painter and etcher Thomas Hovenden was born in Dunmanway, Ireland, in 1840. He studied at the local Cork School of Design, and, after immigrating to the United States, at the National Academy of Design in New York City and in Paris under Alexander Cabanel. Hovenden was a member of the New York Etching Club, and he became a member of the National Academy of Design in 1882. He started exhibiting at the National Academy in 1874, and his work was shown at the Paris Salon in 1876 and 1878, and at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. He died in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, in 1895.