Henry Grant Plumb Sr (1847-1930)


Henry Grant Plumb Sr (1847-1930)
American Golden Age Illustration genre painter, illustrator, lithographer & engraver ;
Henry G. Plumb ; H.G. Plumb ; H. G. Plumb ; H, Grant Plumb ; Henry Grant Plumb, Sr. ;
[Born April 15, 1847 in Sherborne, NY – died July 29, 1930 in Manhattan, New York, NY]


FAD record control number: 58196 ;

Record level: Person ;

Record type: Artist ;


Henry Grant Plumb Sr (1847-1930) biography:

Birth: April 15, 1847 in Sherborne, NY ;
Death: July 29, 1930 in Manhattan, New York, NY ;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ; 
Aries ;

Known for: Paintings of domestic animals ; still life painting ; genre paintings of rural settings ;
Medium: Oil ;
Technique: Painting ;
Subjects: women ; children ; cats ; dogs ; mice ; chicken ; landscapes ;

Areas: Sherborne, NY ; Exeter, Otsego, NY (1850)  ; London, England (1874) ; Paris, France (1874-1878) ; Switzerland ; Italy ; Brittany, France ; Pont-Aven, France ; Manhattan, New York, NY ;
Region: North East ; Europe ;
Lived: Sherborne, NY (1847-1850) Exeter, Otsego, NY (1850) ; Paris, France (1874-1878) ; Manhattan, New York, NY (1880-1930) ;
Father: Eli Plumb (1809-1885), a flour milner & farmer ;
Mother: Clarinda (Coats) Plumb (1816-1884) ;
Relatives: Theodore Plumb (1833-1906), brother ; Adelmer Dwight Plumb (1843-1913), brother ;
Spouse: Lucinda L (Coopman) Plumb (1848-1927), first wife ; Mary Eliza (Witte) Plumb (1856-1901), second wife ;
Children: Grace Plumb (1872-?), daughter ; Charles H Plumb (1874-1956), son ; Arthur Judson Plumb (1876-1934), son ; Margaret Grant Plumb (1893-1986), daughter ; Henry Grant Plumb (1897-1984), son ; Charles G M Plumb (1898-?), son ;

Training: National Academy of Design, New York, NY ; Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France under Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1904), painting & Adolphe Yvon (1817-1893), drawing ; Privately in Paris, France at the atelier of Charles Auguste Carolus Emile Duran (1837-1917) ; Cooper Union, New York, NY, free nights ;
Instructors: Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1904) ; Charles Auguste Carolus Emile Duran (1837-1917) ; Adolphe Yvon (1817-1893) ;

Taught: Cooper Union, New York, NY (1882-1916) ; Brittany, France, through Cooper Union ;

Member: Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, artist member (1880-1930) ; Artist’s Fund Society, New York, NY ; American Federation of Arts, New York, NY ;
Exhibited with: Salmagundi Club, New York, NY (1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1886, 1887) ; National Academy of Design, New York, NY (1879-1892) ; Brooklyn Art Association, Brooklyn, NY (1879-1886) ; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (1881-1882, 1888-1892, 1898) ; Boston Art Club, Boston, MA (1886-1900) ; Paris Exposition, Paris, France (1889) ; Paris Salons, Paris, France (1878) ; Society of Independent Artists, New York, NY (1918-1919, 1923-1924) ; Salons of America, various (1925-1926) ;
Awards: Paris Exposition, Paris, France, prize (1889) ;



HENRY GRANT PLUMB, was born in Sherburne, New York., April 15, 1847 and died in New York City July 29, 1930. His artistic ability was manifested at an early age and after completing his schooling in the Sherburne Academy, he went to New York City and began his art education at Cooper Union, where he studied four years. After completing the course at Cooper Union, he studied at the National Acad­emy of Design for two years. In 1874 he went to Paris and for four more years enjoyed the experi­ence of life in the Latin Quarters while studying under Gerome, Carolus Duran at Ecole des B”aux Arts and under Yvon. Among the artists with whom he had friendly contacts in Paris wore Douglas Volk, Henry 0. Avery, Alden Weir, George Innes. Jr .. H. Bolton Jones, Frederick Bridgman, Abbott H. Tha­yer, Homer Saint Gaudens and John S. Sargent.

Returning to America in 1879 he established a stu­dio at 744 Broadway, New York City, and devoted himself to genre painting both in oil and water color. About 1900 he turned to landscapes. Portraits were always his special gift and he did many of his Sher­burne acquaintances. Of Mr. Plumb’s genre work it may be said that it appealed because of his gift of observation, his choice of subjects, his feeling for movement and life, and, above all, because he was animated by a generous sympathy. Wherever he went, the picturesque or amusing drew forth his pencil.

In 1886 the artist married Mary Eliza Leverkh Witte, who at the time of their marriage was assist­ing Leo Koffler, the organist at the old St. Paul’s, New York City. They had two children, Henry Grant Plumb, who became an artist, and Margaret Grant Plumb, who became associate librarian at Hunter College.

Henry Grant Plumb served for 35 years as teacher of freehand drawing at Cooper Union, retiring in 1916. In 1922 he was elected a member of the Archi­tectural Alumni of Cooper Union. He was a member of the American Federation of Arts, the American Artists’ Professional League, the Artists’ Fund So­ciety, and the Salmagundi Club. He was arlmittAd to the latter organization in 1879 when it was the Salmagundi Sketch Club, and thus enjoyed the friendship of the members who had been among its founders in 1871, notably Alfred E. Emslie, W. H. Skelton and Jonathan and Joseph Hartley.

Among the known galleries in which the artist ex­hibited were: Salmagundi Sketch Club; Pennsylva­nia Academy of Fine Arts, 1880; Boston Art Club, Pittsburgh Exposition, Exposition Universelle, Paris 1889; National Academy of Design, 1891; Anderson Galleries, 1918; Los Angeles Museum, 1923. The pres­ent exhibition is, however, the first one-man show of the artist’s works.

– from catalog of 1954 Sherburne Public Library Sherburne NY “Henry Grant Plumb : memorial exhibition” May 2-29.


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