saying that "they all reveal the fidelity, the tenderness, and the sweet serenity of his nature. . . . He made sunshine that softened and harmonized all."35
Henry C. Pratt ( 1803-1880), who began drawing as a boy growing up on a farm in Vermont, was noted for his many panoramic views of nineteenth-century survey expeditions in Western states. His talent for drawing was noted in 1818 by artist-inventor Samuel F. B. Morse, who encouraged Pratt's parents to allow the fourteen-year-old Pratt to become his student in Boston. By 1819, Pratt was studying fulltime with Morse while also working for him as a paid assistant on portrait commissions. 36 Pratt opened his own studio in Boston in 1825, earning a comfortable income through portrait commissions. As an example of his popularity, Pratt's sketchbook for 1830 listed eight pages of sitters at Providence, Rhode Island. 37 Author William Dunlap described Pratt's portraits as "well drawn, [possessing] much that is most valued in that branch of art."38 Despite the demand for his portrait commissions, Pratt continued to pursue his interest in landscapes, first visiting the White Mountains near North Conway in the fall of 1829. He returned there in subsequent summers on sketching trips, producing paintings as late as the mid-1860s.
Frank Henry Shapleigh ( 1842-1906), who achieved prominence and popularity as the White Mountain artig," 39 studied in Boston before going to Paris in the late 1860s. Originally from Boston, he had visited the North Conway area in 1873, then opened a studio there in 1876. Shapleigh divided his time for many years between North Conway and St. Augustine, Florida. As noted by one biographer: "A large part of Shapleigh's professional life was as a resort artist-in-residence," presiding over weekly studio receptions for "prospective clients, the wealthy patrons of the fashionable resorts." 40
James A. Suydam ( 1819-1865), born in New York City, turned to painting relatively late in his short life. He had early studies with portrait specialist Minor Kellogg but was soon influenced toward landscape painting and became recognized "for the subtlety of his peaceful compositions." 41 Many of his works were derived from visits to North Conway. One historian described Suydam as an artist who "explored the infinite variations of aerial perspective, and usually preferred noon light on clear days." 42