Henry Hammond Ahl (American, 1869-1953)
Sailing at Sunset
Oil-on-canvas, signed lower right.
Painting Size: 26” x 30 1/4”
Frame Size: 34 3/4 ” x 38 3/4”
Born in East Hartford, Connecticut, Henry Ahl was a portraitist, muralist, and landscape painter. His academic method alternated with those of Tonalism and Impressionism.
In 1852, he began his studies at the Royal Bavarian Academy in Munich and then travelled to Paris, studying at the École des Beaux Arts. Upon returning to the United States in 1898, he settled in Springfield, Massachusetts where he exhibited primarily landscapes.
Late in the 1890’s Ahl, a consummate portraitist, travelled to Washington, DC to paint portraits of senators and other statesmen. While there he also executed a large religious work, “In the Shadow of the Cross” which toured America and was featured in the St. Louis World Fair of 1904.
Ahl made several other trips to England, Ireland and the Continent over the years, but lived in New York until 1905. He would spend his summers in New England painting scenes in Newburyport, Plum Island, and Cape Ann.
Around 1920 Ahl settled in Newbury, Massachusetts where he had purchased a large 17th century house in which he and his wife lived and worked for the rest of their lives.
His work can be found in private and public collections including the Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, Massachusetts, and in church murals in Boston and Providence.
He was a member of the American Artists Professional League, the Copley Society, the Salmagundi Club and the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts.
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