Henry Augustus Ferguson's paintings of tropical vegetation first earned him his artistic reputation.
He would later sell "City of Santiago" for $10,000, an extremely sizable amount of money in the late
Born in 1845 in Glens Falls, New York, Ferguson was a landscape painter and highy energetic world
traveler, both in years spent and distances covered, exploring exotic motifs for his paintings. Europe,
Mexico, South America, Egypt, were some of his destinations, including the daunting Andes
Mountains, which he traveled over a half dozen times.
Ferguson eventually returned to New York City, where he had settled some years before, and there he
kept a studio where he did painting and restoration. Categorized as one of the Hudson River School
painters, he often painted in the White Mountains, the Berkshires and the Hudson River Valley where
Glens Falls, his hometown with population of about 10,000 people, was one of his subjects. Whether in
the American northeast or far-flung locales of the world, Ferguson's romantic, meticulously detailed
style was responsive to the mood, character and beauty of the scenes before him.
Interestingly, as a youth Ferguson received no art training until moving from Glens Falls to Albany,
New York in the 1860s. He studied there with painters Homer D. Martin and George Boughton, and
sculptors Launt Thompson and Charles Calverly. When enough time had passed, allowing for the
development of a following for his landscapes and architectural paintings, he went to New York City,
joining Martin there.
As a mature artist very experienced in his craft, Ferguson was often hired to restore old canvases. He
was a member of the Century Association and the National Academy of Design. His painting, "Island of
San Francisco in Deserto, Venice," ca. 1900, is in the collection of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.
Henry Augustus Ferguson died in 1911 in New York City.