Enoch Wood Perry Jr. arrives, 1864.

An Artist.—Among the passengers by the Comet last week, was Mr. E. W. Perry, Jr., a portrait and landscape painter. A specimen of his work can be seen in the bookstore—being a portrait of Rev. Mr. Corwin. A glance at the picture is sufficient to satisfy any one that it is a perfect copy of the original, and that the person who executed it, has the skill of a true artist. Mr. Perry visits our islands to take views and paintings af our principal landscape scenery, and starts for Kilauea on Monday next in the steamer, via Kealakekua and Kau, intending to sketch the crater, Hilo and other scenery of that island worthy of being copied. We commend him to the attention of our friends wherever he may visit. While travelling through California, Mr. Perry was in company with Messrs. Williams and Bierstadt. The former will arrive here shortly. The latter having sold his fine painting of Yosemite Falls and Valley to a New York publishing house for $15,000, has gone East on business connected with the same. It was the intention of the three artists to visit our group in company. Messrs. Perry and Williams will undoubtedly succeed in taking some views that will be very valuable. Now while they are here, let us suggest that the Government secure their services to paint correct full-size portraits of the late King and His Majesty the present King, as also, perhaps, Queen Emma and Gov. Kekuanaoa, to be preserved as national property to adorn the Palace. It is so seldom genuine artists visit the islands that this opportunity should not be lost.

[Perry is the artist who painted the famous portrait of Ka Haku o Hawaii with his dog. He also seems to have painted a portrait of Levi Haalelea!

I am not sure who the Williams mentioned in the article is, but the other painter is most likely Albert Bierstadt.]

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 10/1/1864, p. 2)

An Artist.

The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume IX, Number 14, Page 2. October 1, 1864.

1 thought on “Enoch Wood Perry Jr. arrives, 1864.

  1. The trio of noted artists, Virgil Williams, Albert Bierstadt & Enoch Wood Perry made an important early art expedition to Yosemite the year before their visit to Hawai’i which inspired aspiring artists of the genre — and Bierstadt’s paintings in particular, had an influence upon the eventual designation of Yosemite as a National Park. (Just 4 months prior to their Hawai’i visit President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation to preserve Yosemite Valley, the very first lands set aside for preservation and public use.)

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