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Henry Inman

Portrait of Clara Fisher, 1828

Oil on canvas
30 × 25 in
76.2 × 63.5 cm
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Henry Inman
American, October 20, 1801
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A prominent figure in the New York art scene of the early 19th century, American painter Henry Inman depicted well-known politicians and members of society in vast quantities matched by impeccable technical skill. After formal training as apprentice to portraitist John Wesley Jarvis, Inman established his studio in New York City and a reputation for working quickly; spanning New York, Philadelphia, and England, his sitters included President Martin Van Buren, Chief Justice John Marshall, William Wordsworth, Lord Macaulay, and upwards of 30 Native American subjects. Inman was a founding member of the National Academy of Design, and remained the vice president until 1831, when he left for Philadelphia to partner with lithographer Cephas G. Childs. In addition to romantic portraiture, Inman was acclaimed for landscapes, genre scenes, miniatures, and patriotic, spiritually charged historical subjects like Washington’s Tomb at Mount Vernon (1846).

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Henry Inman
American, October 20, 1801
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A prominent figure in the New York art scene of the early 19th century, American painter Henry Inman depicted well-known politicians and members of society in vast quantities matched by impeccable technical skill. After formal training as apprentice to portraitist John Wesley Jarvis, Inman established his studio in New York City and a reputation for working quickly; spanning New York, Philadelphia, and England, his sitters included President Martin Van Buren, Chief Justice John Marshall, William Wordsworth, Lord Macaulay, and upwards of 30 Native American subjects. Inman was a founding member of the National Academy of Design, and remained the vice president until 1831, when he left for Philadelphia to partner with lithographer Cephas G. Childs. In addition to romantic portraiture, Inman was acclaimed for landscapes, genre scenes, miniatures, and patriotic, spiritually charged historical subjects like Washington’s Tomb at Mount Vernon (1846).

Henry Inman

Portrait of Clara Fisher, 1828

Oil on canvas
30 × 25 in
76.2 × 63.5 cm
Permanent collection
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