Born in England, Thomas Birch (1779-1851) moved to Philadelphia in 1794 with his father, noted enamellist and miniature painter William Russell Birch. Launching his own artistic career, the younger Birch specialized in winter scenes like Winter Scene, Sleighing Party, strongly influenced by English genre painting, and seascapes, achieving special acclaim for eyewitness scenes of naval battles during the War of 1812. Despite his proficiency and the critical respect of his peers, Birch was unable to obtain consistent patronage and died in poverty.
Created by: Birch, Thomas
Born in Washington D.C. to an art gallery owner, Benson Moore trained as a framer and art restorer before attending the Corcoran School of Art where he studied with three leading late 19th century landscape artists. While working as a photo-engraver, Moore built a career as a landscape painter, first in the Barbizon style but later turning more impressionistic. He was one of the founding members of the Washington Landscape Club as well as a leading wildlife painter, producing thousands of illustrations of animals, including some for the Smithsonian. However, he remains best known for his snowy scenes of the...
Created by: Moore, Benson Bond
Kelly was always intrigued by the machinery of motion. Some of his early paintings include Rube Goldberg-type machines composed of miscellaneous mechanical and human parts a la Dali. Later, this manifested itself in his love of the trains and railways which heavily populated his later works. In this painting, as usual, Kelly is fascinated with the role the architecture of the trestle plays within the context of the setting as well as the plunging rush of the train.
Created by: Kelly, Felix