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Name Fenn, Harry
Dates & places of birth and death Born, 1845; Surrey, England
Died, 1911
Nationality British born, American
Occupation illustrator, landscape painter, etcher, and engraver
Notes Fenn started as a wood engraver, but soon turned to pencil drawings. In 1864 he made a trip to the U.S. in order to see the Niagara Falls, but after a study tour of Italy, decided to return to the U.S.
Fenn is best known for the engravings he contributed to "Picturesque Europe", "Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt" (1881–84) and "Picturesque America" (edited by William Cullen Bryant, 1872). "Picturesque America" followed an extended tour of the country to gather material. He illustrated a number of books as well, including John Greenleaf Whittier's Snowbound (1868) and Ballads of New England (1870). Later in life he also painted some watercolors. He returned to the U.S. in 1881 and kept a studio in New York City.
Toward the end of his career Fenn concentrated on watercolor paintings. He was a member of the New York Watercolor Club, the Society of Illustrators, the Salmagundi Club, and was a founder of the American Watercolor Society. He exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1864 and at the Brooklyn Art Association between 1864 and 1885. He exhibited at the Columbian Expo in Chicago in 1893 where he was awarded a medal.
His White Mountain scenes include "Evening in New Hampshire", "Evening on Mount Washington", "Mount Washington and Adams", "Mount Washington under Three Feet of Snow", and "Mount Washington, North Conway".
Places of residence He settled in Montclair, New Jersey around 1865.
Role Artist

Associated Records

Image of The Indian Pass - Print

The Indian Pass - Print

Engraving, hand colored: depicts five men scaling Indian Pass. Tear sheet from "Picturesque America"

Image of Tupper Lake By Moonlight - Print

Tupper Lake By Moonlight - Print

Wood Engraving, black and white: Evening scene of a lake with a row boat pulled onto shore. Mountains and islands in the background and a large, halfmoon in the center sky. Image found in "Picturesque America"

Image of "I looked at John; his eyes were fastened on the rod." - Print

"I looked at John; his eyes were fastened on the rod." - Print

Engraving, black and white: depicts a man standing in a boat with a fishing pole bent heavy with fish. A guide sits, paddling the boat. Trees and mountains in the background. Tear sheet from "Adventures in the Wilderness" by. W.H.H. Murray

Image of "When high in mid air, he shook himself, the crystal drops were flung into my very face." - Print

"When high in mid air, he shook himself, the crystal drops were flung into my very face." - Print

Engraving, black and white: depicts two men in a boat fishing. A fish is in the air shedding drops of water. Forest and rocky shore in the background. Tear sheet from "Adventures in the Wilderness" by. W.H.H. Murray

Image of "O, royal sight it was to see them come one after another over the verge!" - Print

"O, royal sight it was to see them come one after another over the verge!" - Print

Engraving, black and white: View of several boats shooting rapids on a river. One at the bottom watching it all. Tear sheet from "Adventures in the Wilderness" by. W.H.H. Murray

Image of "Martin," shouted I,  "hang on; that's your deer.  I quit all claim to him." - Print

"Martin," shouted I, "hang on; that's your deer. I quit all claim to him." - Print

Engraving, black and white: Night scene of two men jacking deer. One man holding a deer's tail that is running away. The second man stands on with a jack light lantern on his head. Tear sheet from "Adventures in the Wilderness" by. W.H.H. Murray

Image of "Never was I signalled before to look at such an object." - Print

"Never was I signalled before to look at such an object." - Print

Engraving, black and white: depicts two men in a boat at night looking at a spectre across the lake. Mountains in the background. Tear sheet from "Adventures in the Wilderness" by. W.H.H. Murray

Image of "It is pleasant for a man, in the position that I was in, to feel that he has something under him." - Print

"It is pleasant for a man, in the position that I was in, to feel that he has something under him." - Print

Engraving, black and white: depicts a man sitting on the ground with spilled fish from a creel. A rifle is sticking out of the ground, barrel down to his right. Tear sheet from "Adventures in the Wilderness" by. W.H.H. Murray

Image of "Steady there!" - Print

"Steady there!" - Print

Engraving, black and white: Night scene of two men in a boat on rough waters. One man is firing a rifle into the distance. Tear sheet from "Adventures in the Wilderness" by. W.H.H. Murray

Ascent of Whiteface - Print

Engraving, black and white: view of a jagged mountain path with sparse trees. Clouds surround the top of the mountain. One loan hiker in right foreground ascending the mountain. Tear Sheet from "Picturesque America," by William Cullen Bryant

Image of St. Regis Lake - Print

St. Regis Lake - Print

Engraving, black and white: view of a lake at sunrise with two islands. Ducks lifting off the lake in the center. Sun is shining over the mountain in the background. Tear Sheet from "Picturesque America," Vol. VI (1874) by William Cullen Bryant

Image of The Ausable Chasm - Print

The Ausable Chasm - Print

Engraving, black and white: view of a chasm between rock cliffs. The water reflects the sky. Tear Sheet from "Picturesque America," Vol. VI (1874) by William Cullen Bryant

Image of Round Island, Long Lake - Print

Round Island, Long Lake - Print

Wood Engraving, black and white: view of a lake with islands and mountains in the background. Tear Sheet from "Picturesque America," Vol. VI (1874) by William Cullen Bryant

Image of Mount Seward, From Long Lake - Print

Mount Seward, From Long Lake - Print

Engraving, black and white: view of a large mount, lake in the foreground with islands or a penisula. Tear Sheet from "Picturesque America," Vol. VI (1874) by William Cullen Bryant

Image of The Stairway, Ausable Chasm - Print

The Stairway, Ausable Chasm - Print

Engraving, black and white: view of stairs ascending cleft in a cliff at Ausable Chasm. A man stands at the bottom. Tear Sheet from "Picturesque America," Vol. VI (1874) by William Cullen Bryant

Image of Sand Point, Little Tupper Lake - Print

Sand Point, Little Tupper Lake - Print

Engraving, black and white: view of a small sailboat with one man on the lake approaching shore. Left bank has trees and a small lean-to with people sitting under, a fire lit in front.

Image of Whiteface, From Lake Placid - Print

Whiteface, From Lake Placid - Print

Wood Engraving, black and white: view of a lake through a clearing in the trees. A row boat pulled on shore in the foreground, covered with branches. Mountains in the background. Image found in "Picturesque America"

Image of Lower Saranac Lake - Print

Lower Saranac Lake - Print

Wood Engraving, black and white: view of a lake with several rowboats moving in the same direction, away from the foreground. Mountains and islands in the background. Image found in "Picturesque America"

Image of The Indian Pass - Print

The Indian Pass - Print

Engraving, black and white: depicts five men ascending a steep slope. Tear sheer from "Picturesque America: The Adirondack Region," Part 41, 1874. P. 432

Image of Opalescent Falls - Print

Opalescent Falls - Print

Engraving, black and white: depicts a strong vertical view of Opalescent Falls. Rocks at the bottom. Tear Sheet from "Picturesque America," by William Cullen Bryant