biography of Henry Hammond AHL (1869-1953)

Birth place: E. Hartford, CT

Death place: Byfield, MA

Addresses: Springfield, MA (1890-1902); Wash., DC (1902-12); Boston (1912-20); Newbury (1920-53)

Profession: Landscape painter, sculptor

Studied: Royal Acad., Munich, Germany, with Alexander Wagner, Franz Stuck, 1889; Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, with Gerome; Peter Paul Muller.

Exhibited: Munich Royal Acad. (prize); NAD; AWCS; Wash. A. Cl.; PAFA; BMFA; Boston A. Cl.; Soc. Wash. Artists, 1903; Wash. WCC, 1917; WMA; Hartford Atheneum; CGA; North Shore AA; Cushing House Museum, Newburyport, Mass., 1897; Doll & Richard Gal., Boston; Vose Gal., Boston; AIC, 1917, 1919.

Member: Am. APL; Copley S.; SC; CAFA

Work: WMA; Springfield (Mass.) A. Mus.; L.D.M. Sweat Mem. Mus., Portland, Me.; Whistler Mem. Home, Lowell, Mass.; Vanderpoel Coll.; Wellesley Col.; church murals in Boston (MA) and Providence (R.I.).

Comments: He traveled a great deal during his early career, establishing studios in Wash. DC, NYC, and Boston, painting portraits, religious murals and landscapes. His scenes of New England were reproduced commercially as calendars and cards, bringing him financial success by 1900. He was also exhibiting widely by that time. In 1920, he, his wife Eleanor Curtis Ahl, and their son Henry Curtis Ahl (see entries on both), settled near Newbury, Mass (Essex County), and for the rest of his career he painted the scenery of the surrounding area, including Newbury and Newburyport. He was best known for his atmospheric woodland scenes in a Barbizon or Tonalist manner, but later in life adopted a bright Impressionist palette.

Sources: WW53; WW47; Landscapes of the Newburys Captured by a Family of Massachusetts Painters," Antiques and Arts Weekly, Oct. 17, 1997; McMahan, Artists of Washington, D.C.; exh. cat., Mirror of the Times (Lepore FA, Newburyport, MA, 1995)"