John D. Howland (1843–1914, American)
oil on canvas
18 x 24 inches
John Dare Howland was a painter, miner and military man. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio in May of 1843. At a young age he left home and worked out west with the American Fur Company. He traveled to Colorado circa 1858–1859 to search for gold, but was not highly successful. He pursued military endeavors serving in the Civil War, working as an artist-correspondent for both Harper's and Leslie’s and working as the secretary for the Indian Peace Commission. Howland traveled to Europe twice and studied under Armand Dumaresq in Paris. He eventually settled full time in Denver and was a founder of a short-lived art club in 1886. Howland is often considered Denver’s first resident artist. Howland designed the Civil War monument at the Colorado State Capitol.
Not currently on view
Signed "J D Howland" lower right corner
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art