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John Bunyan Bristol

Hillsdale, New York 1826

New York, New York 1909

Luce Artist Biography

John Bunyan Bristol was a largely self-taught artist. He first painted portraits, but switched to landscapes when he grew frustrated with trying to please his sitters. Bristol moved to New York City in 1862, but spent his summers traveling the countryside painting scenes of rural New England and the Adirondack Mountains. A member of the National Academy of Design, Bristol was well respected during his lifetime: he received a medal at the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 in Philadelphia and an honorable mention in 1900 at the Paris Exposition.