John Pope was a talented nineteenth-century painter known for his landscapes, portraits, and genre scenes. Born to a family of farmers in Gardiner, Maine, Pope devoted himself to painting as a teenager and moved to Boston in 1836 to study art. His early career was marked by a strong sense of exploration, as he joined the California Gold Rush in 1849 and spent the mid-1850s abroad, absorbing the art of Paris and Rome. Pope returned to the East Coast in 1857, establishing a studio in New York City during the heyday of the Hudson River School. He was a member of the National Academy of Design and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Brooklyn Art Association, and the Boston Art Association. His work is now in such prominent collections as the Newark Museum.