George Henry Boughton

Artist Biography

George Henry Boughton was born in Norwich, England in 1833.  Although Boughton would later return to England, he immigrated to Albany, New York with his family at the age of three.  Here, Boughton developed an interest in art and in 1857 moved to New York City, enrolling as a student at the National Academy of Design.  Although a popular landscape artist in the United States, Boughton eventually traveled to France where he received instruction from Edouard May and Edouard Frere; he would later settle in London for the duration of his life.  Throughout his career, Boughton was praised for his portraits and genre paintings, which often reflected English history.  In addition to exhibiting at the National Academy of Design and the Royal Academy, London, Boughton provided illustrations for printed editions of Washington Irving’s famous tale, Rip Van Winkle and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s seminal novel, The Scarlet Letter.  Today, Boughton’s works form part of the collection at the New-York Historical Society.

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