Henry Bacon (painter)

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Henry Bacon
Signature of Henry A. Bacon, 1897.jpg
Signature of Henry Bacon
Born 1839
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Died 1912
Cairo, Sultanate of Egypt
Nationality American
Known for Painting
Henry Bacon's 1890 painting Étretat

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. He went also to Brittany and passing thru Pont-Aven, he fell in love with the place. Back in Paris, he mentioned the place to his friends painters. He is credited to have been the first painter from a long group of painters to come to Pont-Aven including Paul Gaugin. This period is known nowadays as the Pont-Aven School.

Bacon died in Cairo, Egypt in 1912.


  • The Departure, Oil on Canvas, 1879



  1. ^ "HENRY BACON DIES IN EGYPT.; American Water Color Painter Noted for His Normandy Scenes". The New York Times. March 14, 1912. 
  2. ^ a b "13th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Rooster 1861-1864". Three Years in the Army, Charles E. Davis Jr., Boston 1894. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 

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