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Henry Bacon

 Painting - The Departure by Henry Bacon

The Departure

Henry Bacon (1839 in Haverhill, Massachusetts – 13 March 1912 in Cairo[1]) was an American painter and author.

Henry A. Bacon was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1839. During the American Civil War, he enlisted in the Union Army on 16 July 1861[2] and acted as a field artist for Frank Leslie's Weekly while he served as a soldier within the 13th Massachusetts Infantry. Badly wounded at Bull Run, he was discharged on 19 December 1862.[2]

In 1864, he went to Paris, with his first wife Elizabeth Lord, to study figure painting. He was admitted to the National School of Fine Arts and was one of Alexandre Cabanel's scholars.

Bacon died in Cairo, Egypt in 1912.


The Departure, Oil on Canvas, 1879


"Henry Bacon papers, 1849-1931". Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
Ackerman, Gerald M. (1994). American Orientalists. ACR Édition. pp. 14–15. ISBN 978-2-86770-078-1.

"HENRY BACON DIES IN EGYPT.; American Water Color Painter Noted for His Normandy Scenes". The New York Times. March 14, 1912.

"13th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Rooster 1861-1864". Three Years in the Army, Charles E. Davis Jr., Boston 1894. Retrieved 5 January 2009.

External links

Henry Bacon at American Art Gallery
Henry Bacon papers, 1849-1931 from the Smithsonian Archives of American Art

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