Born in Boston, Gerry was self-taught as an artist. He showed works in many public settings, such as the 1841 exhibit of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association; and an 1879 exhibit of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He attended the 1860 convention of the National Art Association in Washington, DC. Students of Gerry included H. Frances Osborne, Samuel Green Wheeler Benjamin, Fannie Elliot Gifford, Charles Wesley Sanderson, and J. Frank Currier. With the exception of three years abroad, his professional life was passed chiefly in Boston.
^Frederick Wilkinson Kilbourne. Chronicles of the White Mountains. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916; p.202.
^Leah Lipton. The Boston Artists' Association, 1841-1851. American Art Journal, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Autumn, 1983), pp. 45-57.
^Private and special statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Volume 10. 1857; p.745.
^3rd exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, 1841. Boston: TR Marvin, 1841.
^Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Catalogue of an exhibition of contemporary art. Alfred Mudge and sons, printers, 1879.
^Proceedings of the National Convention of Artists held March 20, 22, and 23, 1858, at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., together with the proceedings of the 2d and 3d conventions. William H. Moore, 1860.
^Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Exhibition of works by living American artists, Nov. 9 to Dec. 20, 1880. Alfred Mudge and son, 1880; p.14.