Tuckerman, Henry Theodore

Tuckerman, Henry Theodore

(1813–71) art/literary critic; born in Boston, Mass. He attended Harvard (1832–33), withdrew due to poor health, and traveled abroad (1833–34). He returned to Boston, published books on Italy, and settled in New York City (1845). Independently wealthy, he is regarded today as a pedantic and sentimental critic of the arts, but during his lifetime he was highly praised. Of his many books, only one or two, such as Book of the Artists: American Artist Life (1867), now have much of interest.
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