Fenn, Harry (1837-1911)

Fenn, Harry (1837-1911)

British-American illustrator Harry Fenn was born near Richmond, London, but spent most of his life in the USA. He’s considered by many to be one of the more important American illustrators of the 19th-century - predominantly for his contributions to three extensive books by D. Appleton and Co of New York. Picturesque America (1872-74), Picturesque Europe (1875-79), and Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt (1881–84) were popular publications that informed an increasingly curious public about foreign lands.

Fenn’s works were engaging and captured the imagination.

1837

Born in London.

1857

Settled in New York.

1862

Married Marian Thompson of Brooklyn.

1864

Exhibition at the National Academy of Design.

1864-1885

Exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association.

1865

Settled in Montclair, New Jersey.

1867

Became an early member of the American Watercolour Society.

1873-1881

Lived in England with his family.

1876

Exhibited at the Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia.

1881

Began producing illustrations for "Harper's Monthly," "Harper's Weekly," and Scribner's.

1884

'Off the Rialto, Venice'

Harry Fenn

1893

Awarded a medal at the Columbian Exposition, Chicago.

1911

Died in Montclair.

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