Monday, July 21, 2014

New York painter James Henry Cafferty (1819–1869)



  James Henry Cafferty (American artist, 1819–1869) Preparing to Fish

James Cafferty, one of the 7 children of an Albany tailor, was in New York by 1839, working as a sign painter. In 1841, he began 2 years of study in New York's National Academy school's antique class. His work was shown in a National Academy annual exhibition in 1843. That same year he was elected vice-president of the newly founded New-York Sketch Club.  During the 1840s and 1850s, Cafferty worked as a portrait, landscape, & genre painter. He also did book illustrations. For a period during these years he supplemented his income by selling artists' supplies. The American Art-Union purchased many of his landscapes for its annual lotteries, & he was a consistent exhibitor in Academy annuals, showing portraits & an occasional landscape through the 1850s. During the last decade of his life, still lifes - especially fish & game subjects - dominated his work.



 James Henry Cafferty (American artist, 1819–1869) A Young Girl



 James Henry Cafferty (American artist, 1819–1869) Midday Rest



James Henry Cafferty (American artist, 1819–1869) The Sidewalks of New York



 James Henry Cafferty (American artist, 1819–1869) News of the Day 1860



 James Henry Cafferty (American artist, 1819–1869) Newsboy selling the New York Herald 1857



James Henry Cafferty (American artist, 1819–1869) Portrait of Robert Fulton, 1852