Henry Farny (1847 - 1916)
Henry Farny was born on July 15, 1847 in Ribeauville, Alsace, France. Due to the rise of the Napoleonic party, the Farny family immigrated to the U.S. in 1853. During six years in Pennsylvania young Farny got to know the Seneca Indians, which began his lifelong fascination with the Native American tribes.
In 1859 Farny settled in Cincinnati and later worked in New York as an engraver and lithographer for Harper's. He spent three years in Europe in the 1860s. During this time he studied in Dusseldorf under Thomas B. Read and Herman Herzog, and traveled around Europe on a study tour with John Twachtman and Frank Duveneck. In 1878 he made a thousand-mile canoe trip down the Missouri River. During the 1880s he made numerous sketching trips throughout the West . At age 59 he married his 19 year-old ward, Ann Ray. Farny died in Cincinnati on December 23, 1916.