Lewis Henry Meakin was a native of Newcastle, England who moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and became a well-known American painter, educator and curator. He was an Impressionist who did the majority of his work as a landscapist and who became a well-known figure in the Cincinnati art scene and academic world.
He was the curator of the Cincinnati Art Museum from 1911 - 1917. He taught classes at the Cincinnati Art Academy where his career spanned forty years. His own education included attending the School of Design in Cincinnati. He also studied abroad, adding to his knowledge in France and Italy, Germany and Holland. Some of the well-known Cincinnati artists with whom he studied included John Twachtmann and Frank Dveneck.
His landscapes used heavily as their subject matter the environs around the Ohio River and the Canadian Rockies. His Impressionist style was well suited to capturing these scenes, with the movement of the waters of the Ohio and the majesty of the Rockies being depicted in painterly brushstrokes and bold color choices. One of his other frequent subjects included Cape Ann, Massachusetts.
Lewis Henry Meakin spent the majority of his working career in Ohio but spent the end of his life in Boston, Massachusetts.