Henry Rankin Poore
(1859 - 1940)

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One description of Henry Rankin Poore was a "spirited and versatile artist, able to paint on diverse themes and noted for his sporting pictures as well as genre and landscape paintings." (Zellman 544)

Born in New Jersey, the son of a clergyman, Poore’s early years were spent in California. By all accounts Henry would have followed in his father’s footsteps until, in 1874, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, his ambitions changed entirely when he saw the paintings in the art exhibit. Poore was captivated and started classes at the National Academy of Design in New York. He soon developed a reputation for his paintings of dogs, hunting and western mining and soon made enough money to study at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1883.  After graduation and until 1885 Poore studied in Paris at the prestigious atelier with William Bouguereau at the Academie Julian.

Henry Rankin Poore was an active in Philadelphia, and from 1890, taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where his painting was described as similar to those of Jean Millet (1814-1875).  Poore joined Henry Ward Ranger (1858-1916) among the first artists to stay at Miss Florence’s boarding house in Old Lyme. He was a faithful member of the new colony to the point where he constructed a portable studio, transported by oxen which enabled Poore to travel to painting sites in relative comfort during the winter months. He is probably best remembered as the artist who painted The Fox Chase mural above the mantle in the dining room of the Griswold house, an affectionately satirical depiction of the characters of the artist colony.  



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