Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hugh Bolton Jones


by
Armand Cabrera

Hugh Bolton Jones was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1848. He studied at the Maryland institute College of Art from 1865 to 1876. Jones traveled to Europe in 1876, returned to the United States in 1880 and settled in New York.





He was elected Associate of the National Academy in 1881 and Full Member in 1883. Jones was also a member of the Society of American Artists, the American Watercolor Society, the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Arts Club. He won medals for paintings he submitted to many prestigious exhibitions including The World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, the 1889 and 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, the 1904 St. Louis Exposition and the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.



Hugh Bolton Jones died in 1927 in New York City.


Jones has been a favorite of mine for many years and it is unfortunate no monograph exists for this fine artist. Many details of his life are unknown. The biographical information I could find was contradictory and confusing---and in some cases---just plain wrong. His style of painting blends academic training with outdoor work to create paintings that show great facility and a strong sense of light and atmosphere. Although he painted in Europe and Africa, he is mostly remembered for his paintings of the Mid-Atlantic and New England states.




Bibliography


Celebrating 350 Years: Nineteenth-Century Maryland Artists
Jean Woods
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts 1984.

Paris 1889
American Artists st the Universal Exposition
Annette Blaugrund
Abrams 1989