Historical records matching Thomas Buchanan Read
About Thomas Buchanan Read
Born in Corner Ketch, Pennsylvania, in 1822, Thomas Buchanan Read both painted and wrote about a fervently patriotic and idealistic subject matter. Befriending famed poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and spending a great deal of his adult life in Italy, Read was a major figure in mid-nineteenth century literary and artistic culture. He produced some of the most recognizable Civil War images and verse in multiple renditions of his Sheridan’s Ride and lyrically captured the aesthetic quality of Pennsylvania’s geography in “The New Pastoral.” He died in 1872 in New York City.
During the American Civil War, he returned from Europe and became a major in the Union army, serving on the staffs of General Lew Wallace - future author of the novel Ben Hur - and William Rosecrans.