Henry Cheever Pratt

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Henry Cheever Pratt (1803–1880) was an American artist and explorer. He lived in Boston, Massachusetts.[1][2]


View from Maricopa Mountain near the Rio Gila, 1855

Born in Orford, New Hampshire,[3] and trained by Samuel F.B. Morse, Pratt painted landscapes of Maine on painting trips with Thomas Cole and of the American Southwest while on boundary surveying expeditions. John Russell Bartlett's A Personal Narrative of Explorations and Incidents in Texas, New Mexico, California, Sonora and Chihuahua (2 vols., 1854) contains 30 of Pratt's illustrations.

Pratt's paintings include View of Smith's West Texas Ranch (1852) now owned by the Texas Memorial Museum at the University of Texas. Other paintings are in the collections of Brown University and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.[4]

H.C. Pratt also painted portraits. Through his career, portrait subjects included:[5]

Isaac Ilsley, 1826
  • Josefa Anchondo
  • John Russell Bartlett(1852)
  • Henry Gardner Bridges
  • Adeline Burr Ellery[6]
  • Nicholas Emery
  • Isaac Ilsley
  • Adoniram Judson
  • Marquis de Lafayette
  • James Wiley Magoffin (1852)
  • Benjamin Pierce
  • Martha C. Dickinson Pooke
  • William Johnson Walker[7]
  • Russell Warren
  • John B. Wheeler

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  1. ^ Boston Directory. 1841, 1848
  2. ^ Boston Almanac. 1865
  3. ^ http://www.crjc.org/heritage/N13-6.htm
  4. ^ Handbook of Texas Online, s.v., http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articlesPP/fpr3.html (accessed September 29, 2009).
  5. ^ Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Catalog of American Portraits. Retrieved 10 Feb. 2010
  6. ^ http://www.redwoodlibrary.org/artistdx.htm
  7. ^ http://www.redwoodlibrary.org/artistdx.htm

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