Tomlinson, Henry W.

Tomlinson, Henry (1875-1949)

Henry Tomlinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 18, 1875. He attended local public schools and Baltimore City College. He also took drawing courses at night, and in 1895 he received the Peabody Prize at the Maryland Institute of Art. When Tomlinson was 21 he moved to New York where he studied art for a year with the Art Students League and then took a pack trip out west where he worked on ranches, in gold mines, and in smelting plants. When he returned to New York he wed Maude Cooley, and they had one daughter. For several years Tomlinson earned his living acting small parts in Broadway plays. After silent movies appeared he played in early high collar tragedies and pie throwing comedies. His acting career ended when he became deaf. He was primarily a self-taught artist whose medium was oil and whose subjects were landscapes. In 1920 Tomlinson moved to Salisbury, Connecticut where he built a cottage for his family. Doctors later informed him that he had weakened his heart through the strain of the labor. He began working for the WPA Federal Arts Project in 1935 and completed 87 easel works and three murals. They were allocated to Fairfield State Hospital, Greenwood School in Winsted, Laurel Heights Sanatorium, Long Lane Farm, Fort Wright on Fisher’s Island, Salisbury High School, Norwalk High School, Danbury State Normal School, Connecticut School for Boys, McKinley School in Bridgeport, State Teachers College in New Haven, and the Winsted School Board. Tomlinson loved the desert Southwest and died while visiting New Mexico in 1949.

 Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; WPA Biography; New York Times, January 31, 1949; Obituary, Lakeville Journal, February 3, 1949; AskART; Who’s Who In American Art (1985), p. 626; Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters (1986), p. 943.

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from Henry Tomlinson:

The Salisbury Iron Industry: oil
The Road: oil
Charcoal Kiln- Mural Detail: oil
Floating Clouds- Landscape: oil
Jug End Mountain: oil
Late Afternoon: oil
October or Distant Hills: watercolor
Vista or Landscape Salisbury: oil
White Birches: oil
State Road- November: oil
Rock Ledges: oil
After Sunset, December: watercolor
Bright Day: watercolor
Nude: watercolor
Rain: watercolor
Thunder Heads: oil
Landscape with Ducks: watercolor
Fringed Gentians: watercolor
Allegheny Mountains: watercolor
Morning Light: oil
Decorative Landscape: watercolor
The Enchanted Mesa: oil
Colorado Sky: oil
Mountain Landscape- Colorado: oil
Landscape with Dandelions: watercolor
Cottonwood Grove: oil
Power House Evening: oil
Landscape with Cliffs: oil
Mountain Vista: oil
Animas River, Colorado: oil
Berkshire Hills Landscape: oil
The Green Valley: oil
Flat Country: oil
Autumn Sky: oil
Deep Pine Woods: oil
Rock Work: oil
Passing Shower, Colorado: oil
Colorado Landscape: oil
Sketch for Mural Astronomy: oil
Approaching Storm: oil
Bathers: oil
Distant Hills: oil
Diana: oil
Landscape with Horses: oil
Desert & Mountains: oil
Return from Pasture: oil
Road in Winter: oil
The Posse: oil
Afternoon Shadows: oil
The Prospector: oil
Rain Storm: oil
Early Morning: oil
Fishing: oil
Landscape with Horses: oil
Sketch: The Covered Wagon: oil
Deep Pine Woods: oil
Outskirts of Durango: oil
Rolling Fields: oil
Cloud Effect: oil
Mountains: oil
Lowering Sky: oil
Spring Landscape: oil
The Fisherman: oil
The Old Maple: oil
Autumn Color Pattern: oil
The Turn in the Road: oil
May Morning: oil
Sky After Storm: oil
The Three Bears 4 panels: oil
Covered Wagon: oil
Sketch for Mural ‘Covered Wagon’: oil
May Morning: oil
Summer Clouds: oil
October Afternoon: oil
Road in Summer: oil
Pines Against the Sky: oil
Edge of the Woods: oil
Brow of the Hill: oil
The Long Lake: oil
Green Afterglow: oil
Morning in October: oil
Late Autumn Foliage: oil
The Bare Tree: oil
Wooded Pasture: oil
Winter Night: oil
Mare & Colt: oil
Moonrise: oil
Clouds & Cloud Shadows: oil
Mountain Country: oil
Untitled Pastural Mural: Salisbury Iron Industry?: oil
Charcoal Kiln:  
Enchanted Mesa: oil
Charcoal Kiln:  
Tomlinson, Henry W.