James Herring

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James Herring (born in London, 12 January 1794; died in Paris, October 1867) was an American portrait painter.


His father emigrated to the United States in 1804, and became a brewer and distiller in the Bowery neighborhood of New York City. The son began by coloring prints and maps, and moved to Philadelphia, where he entered into the business of coloring maps, but returned to New York, and settled in Chatham Square as a portrait painter.

He illustrated, with James Barton Longacre, American biography in the National Portrait Gallery (3 vols., Philadelphia, 1834–39).


His son, Frederick William Herring (born in New York City, 24 November 1821), studied art with his father and Henry Inman, and also devoted himself to portrait painting.



  • Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWilson, J. G.; Fiske, J., eds. (1892). "Herring, James" . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.