Thomas Bigelow Craig (1849–1924)
Thomas Craig was a late-nineteenth century painter best known for his pastoral scenes of cows grazing at pasture. With their vivid light, lush meadows, and placid streams, Craig’s landscapes evoke an idyllic calm. Born in Philadelphia, Craig briefly studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and was active in the Philadelphia Sketch Club with Thomas Eakins. He moved to New York in 1889, where his paintings were featured at the National Academy of Design for forty-five years. He also exhibited at the Boston Art Club, the Brooklyn Art Association, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago (1893), and was a member of the Salmagundi Club, the Artists Fund Society and the Chicago Watercolor Club. Today, his work is in the Butler Institute of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Newark Museum, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Mobile Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.