Henry Ritter

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Henry Ritter (1816–1853) was a Canadian genre painter, associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting.


He was born at Montreal. He studied under Gröger in Hamburg and under Karl Ferdinand Sohn at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Among his characteristic and finely colored episodes from the life of sailors and fishermen, showing the influence of his friend and teacher Rudolf Jordan (1810–1887), the most prominent are:

  • “Braggart in Sailor's Tavern” (1841)
  • “Offer of Marriage in Normandy” (1842, Leipzig Museum)
  • “Drowned Son of the Pilot” (1844, Ravené Gallery, Berlin)
  • “Poacher Before Justice of the Peace” (1847), his largest painting
  • “Prairie Fire” (1851, Kunsthalle, Hamburg)
  • “The Son's Last Letter” (1852, Kunsthalle, Bremen)
  • “Middy's Sermon” (1853, Cologne Museum)