Samuel Lancaster Gerry was a portrait, genre, still-life, and landscape painter. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and lived there for the majority of his life. A self-taught artist with little formal training, Gerry was most influenced by the work of his contemporaries, Asher B. Durand and Thomas Cole. Gerry made several trips to Europe throughout his life, but worked primarily in New England, especially in Boston and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where he was considered the leading artist to depict the region during the 1840s.
Gerry was a founding member of the Boston Art Club, where he frequently exhibited and was elected president in 1854. He also regularly exhibited at the Boston Athenaeum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the National Academy of Design, and the American Art-Union. His work can be found in several leading museums, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Brooklyn Museum, New York, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.