Mark Harrison

BORN: September 7, 1819 in Hovringham, Yorkshire, England

DIED: December 6, 1894 in Fond du lac, WI

Mark Robert Harrison was born in Yorkshire, England. He was a 19th century American artist associated with the New York Adirondack area and also did Western subjects. he settled in Wisconsin in 1949 where he live the last 45 years of his life.

When he was three years old, his family moved to Oneida County, New York, and eleven years thereafter to Hamilton, Ontario. When Mark showed a talent for drawing, his now-widowed mother encouraged him by giving him the opportunity, at fourteen, to study with Bowerman in Toronto, Colby Kimble in Rochester, New York, and Henry Inman in New York City. In all he had five years training under these painters, who were steeped in the British tradition.

In 1838 he went to England for a stay of three years, a year and a half under the tutelage of Charles Hilton at the Royal Academy and the rest of the time sketching ancient architecture in the district, the Elgin marbles and other classical antiquities at the British Museum. He returned to Hamilton, where he worked on both easel paintings and huge theatrical dioramas. 

He traveled for a time with Junius Booth as an actor and then, in 1849, came to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where he spent about four years in an attempt to establish and maintain a steamboat line on Lake Winnebago in partnership with his brother. The venture proving a failure,

Mark Harrison
Fish Catch on Rocky Shore by Mark Harrison
Fish Catch on Rocky Shore
17.5 x 25 in.