Norval Hamilton Busey

Norval Hamilton Busey

Roanoke County, Virginia, USA
Death 20 May 1928 (aged 82)
Hinsdale, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Plot O,023,S/2,#3
Memorial ID 34425361 · View Source
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Norval H. Busey, Photographer and Painter

Born in Virginia to Methodist clergyman Thomas H. Busey in 1845, Norval Busey settled with his family in Baltimore between 1850 and 1860. According to Maryland historian Ross J. Kelbaugh's biography of Busey, the young man worked for photographers Stanton & Butler until 1867, when he opened his own studio in York, Pennsylvania.

By 1870, Busey had returned to Baltimore with his wife, Emma, and their three daughters, Blanche, Rosamund, and Emma. In 1900, had relocated to New York city, where he opened a gallery and associated with the artists of the Salmagundi Club.

Busey, who is said to have studied in Paris under Bouguereau, was ultimately more interested in painting than in photography. A number of his portraits of members of the Duke family hang in the Duke University Lilly Library, including Benjamin N. Duke, his wife, Sarah Pearson Duke, and their children, Angier and Mary.

Norval took his family to live in Paris for eight years, and Milan, Italy for three.

Busey also showed the works of other artists in his photography studio and gallery, including Arthur Quartley's seascapes.

He died at the Hinsdale, Illinois home of his fourth daughter, Ina Hamilton Butler, second wife of Chicago publisher Burridge Davenal Butler, on May 20th, 1928.

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Gravesite Details Burial Date: 5/22/1928, Permit # 26506

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