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Artist Biography

Granville Perkins began his art training in Philadelphia at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Art under the landscape painter and etcher, James Hamilton. While still a student, Perkins exhibited his paintings at the Academy. In 1860, he moved to New York City and found employment as an illustrator for Harper & Bros. in Franklin Square. He continued his studies at the National Academy of Design, where he was a frequent exhibitor until 1889.

Throughout his career Perkins was devoted to traveling—he made his way through the Americas, from New York harbor all the way down to the Cape Horn and back again. The majority of his work speaks to this intimate knowledge of marine and coastal imagery. He made the most of the oil paint medium with the bold application of color and dramatically charged scenes.

His artwork is housed in important public collections, including the Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, Connecticut; and the Peabody Museum of Art, Salem, Massachusetts.