William Penhallow Henderson
William Penhallow Henderson (1877 - 1943)
While in high school, William Penhallow Henderson studied art, civil engineering, and comparative religion, interests that would remain with him for the rest of his life. He continued his education at the Boston Museum School under the instruction of the well-respected American Impressionist painter, Edmund C. Tarbell. From Tarbell, Henderson received rigorous training in the mechanical aspects of academic painting, the foremost being the technical principles of the European masters. As an accomplished art student, Henderson received several scholarships for travel and study in Europe.
Upon his return to the United States in 1904, Henderson accepted a teaching position at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. In Chicago he became one of the city's foremost artists, with frequent exhibits at the Art Institute. However, in 1916 his wife, Alice Corbin, was diagnosed with tuberculosis. That year the Henderson family arrived in Santa Fe, where Alice took treatment at Sunmount Sanitorium while Henderson and their daughter lived nearby.