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James, Henry

Adeline Tintner

in Oxford Art Online

ISBN: 9780198117605
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T043322
James, Henry

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(b New York, April 15, 1843; d London, Feb 28, 1916).

American writer, naturalized British in 1915. Taken to Europe as a child, he visited its museums and on his return to America briefly studied painting under William Morris Hunt. His early fiction shows the effect of further visits to Europe in 1869–70 and 1872–4. During the 1870s he wrote art criticism and short stories for various American periodicals; 30 of his articles on art (1868–97) are reprinted in J. L. Sweeney’s The Painter’s Eye (London, 1956). He was among the first to appreciate Burne-Jones and wrote with authority on all the traditional schools of European painting but was dismissive of Impressionism, until his American Scene (1907), in which he praises Impressionist works he had seen in Farmington, MA (priv. col.). In 1876 he took up permanent residence in London and after 1885 paid annual visits to the American painters Frank Millet (1846–1912), Edwin Austin Abbey, and Sargent in Broadway, Worcs. James wrote about Sargent’s work in ...

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