(American, 1866 - 1942)

River View

Oil on canvas 18 x 14 inches

Inscribed on canvas verso: (in ink) “Henry McCarter/TO MY FRIEND/MISS PEEL/July 1891”

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.

About the Artist

(American, 1866 - 1942)

The painter, illustrator, and teacher Henry McCarter was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He studied with Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) in Philadelphia, and with Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898), Leon-Joseph-Florentin Bonnat (1833-1922) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1846-1901) in Paris. He returned to Philadelphia and became a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a teacher at the Academy's school in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. McCarter exhibited at various shows and expositions winning two gold medals at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915, and gold medals at the Philadelphia Art Club in 1935 and 1936. In 1930 he was awarded the prestigious Joseph Pennell Memorial Prize from the Pennsylvania Academy, and he won another prize at the Academy in 1939. His works are in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy (nine works). A prolific draughtsman, McCarter did illustrations for various magazines, including Scribner's, The Century, Harper's, and Collier's. He also illustrated the works of the American poet Richard Watson Gilder (1844-1909) and of the French poet Paul Verlaine (1844-1896).