One of America's foremost Impressionists, Childe Hassam was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1859. He studied at the Boston Art Club, and the Academie Julian in Paris, from which he returned with a number of awards from entries in the Paris Salon.
In 1899 Hassam settled in New York where he was a founder of the Ten American Painters, a group which exhibited together from 1898 - 1918. The majority of his works were painted along the eastern seaboard, though he did make several trips to California. An entire room was devoted to Hassam's works at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.