Samuel Lancaster Gerry was an individual possessed of eclectic interests and diverse and impressive skills. Though he never received any substantial formal training, he was an accomplished landscape and portrait artist who had an abiding love for the natural environment, particularly for the "Old Man of the Mountain" feature in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
He was a member and one of the first presidents of the Boston Art Club, founded in 1854 and his skill was such that he spent time teaching at the Tremont Street Studio Building. His artistic endeavors were not, however, limited to painting. He was a gifted writer, as well, and a publisher of both magazines and newspapers.
His work is highly regarded and, in his own time, he was exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the American Art Union and the Pennsylvania Academy of fine art, among other prestigious locations.
Samuel Lancaster Gerry had a fondness for the work of the old masters and it is reflected in much of his work. His landscapes exhibit a high degree of realism, detail and a remarkable ability to add a dimension of depth to the canvas. The lighting is typically diffuse and remarkably lifelike.