Thomas Waterman Wood (1823 - 1903)
November 12, 1823
April 14, 1903
Thomas Waterman Wood (1823 – 1903), American painter often depicted African Americans and their development during the Civil War. He also painted a number of portraits of prominent men in New York.
Wood was born on November 12, 1823 in Montpelier. His art career dates from 1846 when he visited Boston and was either inspired or taught by the noted portrait painter Chester Harding. Then in 1867 he exhibited a set of three paintings collectively entitled a Bit of War History at the National Academy of Design in New York. These genre paintings celebrated those freed slaves who had fought for the Union cause in the Civil War and they touched a strong chord in the public feeling of the day.