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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Painting: Miniatures: Alexander Rose

Pierre Henri

(born Paris, France about 1760 -- died New York 1822)

Pierre Henri, who went by the name Peter Henry, arrived in New York City in 1788 after having been shipwrecked off the island of Hispaniola (now the Dominican Republic) with his uncle. In New York, he advertised himself as “miniature painter lately arrived from France.” The following year he married the daughter of a Philadelphia sea captain. During the next thirty years, Henri traveled extensively along the eastern seaboard and southern coast, ranging from New York to Charleston and as far west as New Orleans.