John Fulton “Jack” Folinsbee (1892-1972), born in Buffalo, New York, was an American landscape, marine and portrait painter, and a member of the art colony in New Hope, Pennsylvania. At the age of 14, he contracted polio, which left him wheelchair bound for the rest of his life. Folinsbee studied at the Woodstock Colony and the Art Students League in New York. He painted en plein air, directly from nature, always carrying 8 x 10 canvases, of which this is probably one. He is best known today for his impressionist scenes of New Hope and Lambertville, Pennsylvania, particularly the factories, quarries, and canals along the Delaware River.
Folinsbee was elected an associate member of the National Academy of Design in 1919, and a full academician in 1928. He was elected a life member of the National Arts Club in 1922, and a member of the Century Association in 1937. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1953.
Folinsbee’s work is in the permanent collections of major museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the National Academy of Design, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.