Gaines Ruger Donoho

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Gaines Ruger Donoho
Gaines Ruger Donoho by John Lavery.jpg
Portrait by John Lavery
Born December 21, 1857
Church Hill, Mississippi
Died January 1916
New York, New York
Nationality American
Education Art Students League of New York
Occupation Painter
Spouse(s) Matilda Ackley Donoho
Parents Robert Donoho
Julia Sophia Ruger
Relatives Thomas H. Ruger

Gaines Ruger Donoho (1857–1916) was an American painter.


Early life[edit]

Gaines Ruger Donoho was born on December 21, 1857 in Church Hill, Mississippi.[1][2][3][4] His father, Robert Donoho (1822–1860), was a Mississippi planter from Virginia, and his mother, Julia Sophia Ruger (1828–1899), was from New England.[2] He grew up on his father's plantation in Church Hill, Mississippi, until the latter was killed during the American Civil War.[4] One of his mother's relatives, General Thomas H. Ruger (1833–1907), had them moved to New England with the rest of her family.[4] He was trained as a painter at the Art Students League of New York in New York City and spent eight years in Paris.[3]


He practised as an Impressionist, Symbolist and Tonalist painter in Manhattan.[3] In 1891, he moved to East Hampton, where he continued to paint.[3] He is best known for his landscape and garden paintings, some of which are reminiscent of Claude Monet's Giverney garden paintings.[3] Additionally, he also did some drawings.[3]

Some of his work is exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, New York City and at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, Mississippi.[3][5][6]

John Lavery (1856–1941) painted his portrait.

La Marcellerie

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Matilda Ackley Donoho (1862–1939), daughter of Thomas and Caroline Ackley of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2]

He died on January 28, 1916 in New York City.[1][2][3][7]

Selected paintings[edit]

Secondary source[edit]

  • Ronald G. Pisano, G. Ruger Donoho (1857–1916): A Retrospective Exhibition (Hirschl & Adler Galleries, 1977, 21 pages).[8]
  • René Paul Barilleaux, G. Ruger Donoho: A Painter's Path (Jackson, Mississippi: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1995).[9]