Hugh Newell (1830–1915)
Born in Belfast, Ireland, Hugh Newell made a name for himself as an artist and instructor after settling in the United States in the middle of the nineteenth century. Before his move, Newell studied at the best schools in Europe: the Academy of Antwerp, the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris (under Thomas Couture), and the Royal College of Art in London. In 1851, he established himself in Baltimore, creating still lifes, portraits, landscapes, and genre scenes whose precision reflected his extensive training. Newell’s bright, naturalistic work was highly popular, and he exhibited at the American Watercolor Society, the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Brooklyn Art Association, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Art Club, and the Washington Art Association. He was also a prominent art instructor who served as the Principal of the Pittsburgh Women’s School of Design, the President of the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Professor of Drawing at Johns Hopkins University. His work can now be seen in the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Shelburne Museum, the Reading Public Museum, the Maryland Historical Society, and the Peabody Institute.