Samuel Lancaster Gerry

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Rural Homestead, 1840, by S.L. Gerry

Samuel Lancaster Gerry (1813–1891) was an artist in 19th-century Boston, Massachusetts.[1] He painted portraits and also landscapes of the White Mountains and other locales in New England.[2][3] He was affiliated with the New England Art Union, and the Boston Artists' Association.[4] In 1857 he co-founded the Boston Art Club.[5]

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;[6] and an 1879 exhibit of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.[7] He attended the 1860 convention of the National Art Association in Washington, DC.[8] Students of Gerry included H. Frances Osborne,[9] Samuel Green Wheeler Benjamin, Fannie Elliot Gifford, Charles Wesley Sanderson,[10] and J. Frank Currier.[11] With the exception of three years abroad, his professional life was passed chiefly in Boston.[12]


  1. ^ Boston Directory, 1868, 1873.
  2. ^ Boston Almanac, 1841, 1888.
  3. ^ Frederick Wilkinson Kilbourne. Chronicles of the White Mountains. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916; p.202.
  4. ^ Leah Lipton. The Boston Artists' Association, 1841-1851. American Art Journal, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Autumn, 1983), pp. 45-57.
  5. ^ Private and special statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Volume 10. 1857; p.745.
  6. ^ 3rd exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, 1841. Boston: TR Marvin, 1841.
  7. ^ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Catalogue of an exhibition of contemporary art. Alfred Mudge and sons, printers, 1879.
  8. ^ Proceedings of the National Convention of Artists held March 20, 22, and 23, 1858, at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., together with the proceedings of the 2d and 3d conventions. William H. Moore, 1860.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Clement and Hutton. Artists of the nineteenth century and their works: A handbook containing two thousand and fifty biographical sketches, 5th ed.. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1889.
  11. ^ Art Association of Indianapolis, Indiana. Catalogue of paintings & sculpture in the permanent collection. 1909; p.7.
  12. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Gerry, Samuel Lancaster". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Dwight's Journal of Music, March 19, 1853; p. 189.
  • Samuel L. Gerry. Old Masters of Boston. New England Magazine, v.3, no.6, Feb. 1891.
  • The Critic. May 2, 1891; p. 241.
  • Catherine H. Campbell. New Hampshire Scenery: A Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Artists of New Hampshire Mountain Landscapes. Canaan, NH: New Hampshire Historical Society, 1985.
  • Rolf H. Kristiansen and John J. Leahy. Rediscovering Some New England Artists 1875-1900. Dedham, MA: Gardner-O'Brien Associates, 1987.

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