Hugh Bolton Jones (1848-1927)

Hugh Bolton Jones (1848-1927)

Mr. Jones’s work is always refined and delicate, sensitive to the subtler aspect of things, and happy in the modest exposition of them. [1]

[1] “American Painters – H. Bolton Jones,” The Art Journal, 1880, pp. 53-54.

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A native of Baltimore, Hugh Bolton Jones began his art education at the Maryland Institute before studying under Horace Wolcott Robbins in New York City in 1865. Just two years later, Jones began exhibiting with the National Academy and would continue to do so for the next sixty years. Like many of his contemporaries, he traveled to Europe to further his studies and found himself at Pont-Aven, Brittany, along with his younger brother, the artist Francis Coates Jones, where he was introduced to the Barbizon aesthetic. After four years abroad painting in France, Spain and North Africa, Jones returned to America and settled in New York. He soon established himself among the art circles of the day, joining the Society of American Artists, the American Water Color Society and the Century Association. He became a full National Academician in 1883, and also took part in exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Boston Art Club. Additionally, Jones earned medals at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, the St. Louis Exposition in 1904 and the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915. 

References: Falk, Who Was Who in American Art, 1999; Americans in Brittany and Normandy, Exhibition Catalogue, 1982; Baekeland, Frederick, Images of America: The Painter’s Eye, 1833-1925, exhibition catalogue, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama, 1991.

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