Henry Rankin Poore is an American painter who was a member of the Old Lyme art colony of Impressionists in Old Lyme, Connecticut. He is famously the creator of the "Fox Chase" painting that graced the Griswold house at which the colony's artists boarded.
Though Henry Rankin Poore is most commonly associated with the Old Lyme colony, he travelled extensively throughout the American West and Southwest and is an important figure in the evolution of art in that region. He published the first American painting with the Taos Pueblo as a subject. Taos, and nearby Santa Fe, went on to become famous as centers of American Art.
He studied at the National Institute of Design , the Pennsylvania School of Fine Arts and abroad at the Academie Juilan in Paris. He funded his own education and travels with the moneys he received from his Western artwork, oftentimes depicting the mining world of the West as well as themes that incorporated dogs and hunting.
He was an avid hunter and foxhunter. The scene of the Old Lyme art colony for which he is so famous shows both his affection for his fellow artists and the ability to convey motion expressed in his hunting themed works.