John Lee Fitch
(1836 - 1895)

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On the Green River, South Williamstown, Massachusetts


Born in Hartford, John Lee Fitch began his career in his native city studying under Julius Busch (1821-1858) and George F. Wright (1828-1881). Like so many would-be painters he went to Europe, though he opted to study drawing in Munich rather than painting in Paris. After a brief return to Hartford, Fitch moved to New York in 1866, where he joined the Century Association and cultivated lasting friendships with some of the leading artists of his day, including fellow Association members Winslow Homer (1836-1910) and Homer Dodge Martin ( 1836-1897).


Primarily known as one of the first White Mountain School painters and a master of forest interiors, Fitch incorporated Pre-Raphaelite details into much of his work. In addition to the White Mountains, he also painted in the Adirondacks near Keene Valley, New York. He exhibited extensively at both the National Academy of Design and the Century Association, and during his lifetime was celebrated as one of Connecticut’s best artists.





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