Samuel Lancaster Gerry (1813-1891)

Samuel Lancaster Gerry (1813-1891)

Like many 19th century artists, Samuel Lancaster Gerry began his career as a sign and decorative painter before looking abroad for inspiration. He traveled to England, France, Switzerland and Italy during the mid-1830s, befriending fellow artist George Loring Brown, and falling under the influence of Barbizon painter Constant Troyon. While remaining largely self-taught, Gerry eventually established himself as a successful genre and landscape artist in his hometown of Boston. There, he taught classes at the Tremont Street Studio Building, became a leading promoter of the arts, and exhibited in nearly every Boston Art Club exhibition from its inception until the year he died. He also exhibited at the National Academy, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Boston Athenaeum, and made frequent trips throughout New England and the Lake George region of New York procuring material for his poetic landscapes.  

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Today, Gerry’s works are represented in major museum collections including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, Massachusetts, and the Brooklyn Museum.

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