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Daniel Folger Bigelow
Rendezvous at the Bridge
Oil on canvas
13 x 10 in.
ca. 1860
Daniel Folger Bigelow

(American, 1823-1910)

Daniel Folger Bigelow was born in Peru, Clinton County, New York in 1823 and he died in 1910 in Chicago, Illinois (where he moved in 1858). He received his first artistic instruction from a cousin of Hiram Powers and became one of the associates of G.P.A. Healy and the group of artists who founded the Chicago Academy of Design (which later became the Art Institute of Chicago).

Bigelow was a member of the Chicago Society of Artists and the Union League Club of Chicago. He was a pleinaire painter who painted on location during the Hudson River School era and is well known for his landscapes in and around the Adirondacks. Many of his New York and Chicago paintings were sold to patrons throughout New England and Bigelow earned a fine reputation for his realistic landscapes, featuring subjects animated with sheep, cattle and human figures. He was also known for still life painting.

Bigelow is listed in Who Was Who in American Art (vol. 1, p. 314); Groce & Wallace; Burnet, Art & Artists of Indiana; Mallet; William Gerdts, Art Across America (vol. 2, pp. 287-288).