Henry Inman (painter)
Painting of Inman by Jacob Hart Lazarus, circa 1837–1840, Metropolitan Museum of Art
|Died||January 17, 1846 (aged 44)|
Manhattan, New York
Jane Riker O'Brien
(m. 1822; his death 1846)
|Children||John O'Brien Inman|
Henry Inman, Jr.
Henry Inman (October 20, 1801 – January 17, 1846) was an American portrait, genre, and landscape painter.
He was the first vice president of the National Academy of Design. He excelled in portrait painting, but was less careful in genre pictures. Among his landscapes are Rydal Falls, England, October Afternoon, and Ruins of Brambletye. His genre subjects include Rip Van Winkle, The News Boy, and Boyhood of Washington. His portraits include those of Henry Rutgers and Fitz-Greene Halleck in the New York Historical Society. He also painted portraits of Angelica Singleton Van Buren, Bishop White, Chief Justices Marshall and Nelson, Jacob Barker, William Wirt, Audubon, DeWitt Clinton, Martin Van Buren, and William H. Seward.
Thomas L. McKenney assigned Inman, who was an accomplished lithographer, the task of copying more than a hundred oil paintings of Native American leaders by Charles Bird King to translate into a printed book, the History of the Indian Tribes of North America. The oil paintings are now in the collections of White House, the Joslyn Art Museum, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, among others. In the Metropolitan Museum, New York, are his Martin Van Buren, The Young Fisherman, and William C. Maccready as William Tell.
Among his pupils was the portraitist and still life painter Thomas Wightman.
In 1822, Inman was married to Jane Riker O'Brien (1796–1873). Together, they were the parents of:
- Mary Lawrence Inman (1826–1860), who married Smith Cutter Coddington (1812–1868) in 1844.
- John O'Brien Inman (1828–1896), who was also a painter.
- Mary Lucy Inman (1828–1907), who married William Vail (1815–1880)
- Henry Inman, Jr. (1837–1899), a writer who married Eunice Churchill Dyer (1842–1922) in 1862.
Inman died on January 17, 1846 after returning from England to America due to failing health.
Portrait of Sequoyah (c. 1830), National Portrait Gallery (United States)
Portrait of Clara Fisher (c. 1828), Indianapolis Museum of Art
Portrait of a Woman (c. 1825), Brooklyn Museum
Portrait of No-Tin (Wind) (c. 1832–33), Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Portrait of Cornelia Rutgers Livingston (c. 1833), New Britain Museum of American Art
Portrait of Mrs. William Samuel Johnson (c. 1823), Yale University Art Gallery
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