George Henry Durrie

American , 1820 - 1863

George Henry Durrie was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1820 and spent most of his life in New Haven. He is best known for rural landscape scenes, especially snow scenes.

Durrie studied art in New Haven in 1839 with portraitist, Nathaniel Jocelyn. He introduced the idea that farm landscape scenes are decidedly more appealing when they appear to be covered in snow. This brought on the introduction of the “snowscene” into American art. His work emphasizes snowy, wintry scenes of the New England region.

During the 1860s, Currier and Ives were marketing hand-colored lithographs and Durrie’s landscapes matched their formula for pleasant motifs. Following Durrie’s death in 1863, Currier and Ives found much success using his paintings for lithographs.
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