He was born in Boston and studied at Harvard, and to pursue his interest in art he attended the Académie Julian in Paris. He was friends with the painter John Singer Sargent and travelled with him to Haarlem in 1880. The following year he married the Swedish painter Emma Löwstädt-Chadwick and they settled in Grez-sur-Loing, where he remained the rest of his life, though the couple travelled to other summer art colonies on vacation.
|Portrait by his wife|
|Portrait by John Singer Sargent, 1880|