"Spring"   Lot no. 3677

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By Henry Peck (1880 - 1964)

30" x 20", Framed 41" x 31"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Right

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Likely an illustration for a magazine cover. Titled in pencil on upper stretcher bar.

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Painter, illustrator, etcher and writer, Henry Jarvis Peck was born in Galesburg, Illinois on June 10, 1880, the son of George F. and Anna Emily (Cole) Peck. He spent his boyhood in Warren, Rhode Island.


Peck was a pupil of the Rhode Island School of Design* and then with the artist and illustrator Eric Pape at his school in Annisquam, Massachusetts, for two years. Later he studied with George L.Noyes, also in Annisquam.


In December 1901, Peck went to Wilmington, Delaware to study with Howard Pyle. He was one of Pyle's twelve students who worked in the three studios next to Pyle's 1305 Franklin Street studio. Peck worked with Pyle for about three years. He returned to the East Coast - Warren, Rhode Island in particular - during the summers, and the influence of the New England environment can be seen in his work.


In the early teens Peck also worked in Claymont, Delaware, at an artist's colony established there. Roscoe Shrader, Herbert Moore, Percy Ivory, and Gayle Hoskins were also at "Naamans-on-Delaware" during the years that Peck and his wife lived there.


Peck spent time in France in 1918, eventually returning to Rhode Island. There he established a studio while also maintaining a studio in New York for a number of years.


The artist illustrated for Collier's, Saturday Evening Post, Red Book, Scribner's, Harper's, Leslie's St. Nicholas and Life among others. He was associated with the Brandywine artists and painted primarily marine and rural subjects in addition to writing and illustrating several works in collaboration with his brother, Walter.


Peck was a member of the Providence Art Club, the Providence Water Color Club, the South County Art Association and the North Shore Art Association.


Socially, the artist was a member of the Greenroom Club, a local theatrical group, and he also played violin with the Wilmington Orchestra.


The artist died in Kingston, Massachusetts in 1964.



Submitted by Edward P. Bentley, Art Historian, East Lansing, Michigan




Henry Clarence Pitz, The Brandywine Tradition. 1969

Peter Hastings Falk, Who Was Who in American Art, 1999