Bagg, Henry Howard(American, 1852-1928)
Henry Howard Bagg was born in Wauconda, Illinois on June 30, 1852. Bagg studied art in Aurora under Martin Woodruff during 1869, and he is known to have painted and taught art privately in the Aurora and northern Illinois area from 1873 until 1889 when he then moved to Nebraska, accepting a position to teach at Nebraska State Normal School in Peru. He later was a teacher at Cotner College (1902-16) and Nebraska Wesleyan University (1906-19). For many years he had a studio in Lincoln, Nebraska while leading an itinerant existence with many trips to California and all over the West.
Primarily an oil painter of western scenes, he also painted religious genre for churches in Omaha and Lincoln. He painted several hundred calendar subjects for Thomas D. Murphy Company in Iowa and the Osborn Calendar Company in New York. Examples of his Yosemite paintings are amply illustrated in the book Seven Wonders of the American West (Thomas D. Murphy, 1925). Bagg died in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 23, 1928. His works are held at the Joslyn Museum in Omaha, NE and the Aurora Historical Society Museum in Aurora, IL.
Works Cited:
Falk, Peter, ed. Who Was Who in American Art. Madison: Sound View Press, 1985.

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