E. L. Henry

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, E.L. Henry was brought to New York at age 7. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy before moving to Paris to study with Gustave Courbet in 1860. Though he studied under Courbet for two years, Henry adopted none of Courbet\’s dramatic painting style. Instead he painted highly realistic genre scenes of the early 19th century. The minute details in Henry\’s work was considered old fashioned, but they reflected the love of collecting old things that was stimulated by the 1875 Philadelphia Exposition. E.L. Henry is most well known for his series of railroad scenes.