|Death Date: 1928
|Edward B. Gay was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1837 and immigrated with his family to Albany, New York in 1848.
Growing up in Albany, Edward Gay was among the hundreds of thousands of Irish emigrants who relocated to the United States and Canada in the wake of the potato famine. After settling in Albany, Gay began his art studies with the local Hudson River School artist James Hart, also an emigrant of the British Isles. By 1858, at the age of twenty one, Gay was exhibiting at the National Academy of Design in New York.
Gay traveled to Europe and settled in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1862 where he studied with historical painters Johann Schirmer and Karl Friedrich Lessing. He returned to the United States in 1864, and began devoting his time to painting landscapes. Gay moved with his wife and children to Mount Vernon, New York and incorporated the magnificent landscapes into his work.
By 1868, he had moved to New York City, only to relocate to Mount Vernon two years later to accommodate the needs of a growing family. He would spend the next fifty-eight years painting southern Westchester County. Early on he was the typical Hudson River School artist, but later he adopted a Barbizon manner by capturing the mood and light of many of Westchester County's quiet nooks and crannies.
He died in Mount Vernon in 1928.