Joseph Meeker (1827-1887)

Hiro Fine Art is interested in purchasing artworks by Joseph Meeker.

Joseph Rusling Meeker was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1827 before moving to Auburn, New York at a young age. He studied art at a young age under the tutelage of a local decorator in Auburn named Thomas Kennedy. Meeker showed great potential as he received a scholorship at the National Academy of Design. He enrolled there in 1845 and studied under the portrait artist Charles Loring Elliot. While at the National Academy of Design, Meeker was greatly influenced by the artist and director of the academy Asher B. Durand.

Joseph Meeker attend the National Academy of Design for three years before settling in Buffalo, New York where he established a studio from 1849 to 1852. Following Buffalo he lived in Louisville, Kentucky where he taught at a local academy and exhibited his work throughout the area. Meeker eventually settled in St. Louis, Missouri in 1859.

While in St. Louis, Meeker became active in the art community by exhibiting for the Western Society of Art. His stay in St. Louis was interrupted by the Civil War. He served for the Union as a paymaster aboard a gunboat that patrolled the Mississippi river. During this time, Meeker found his inspiration in the idyllic Bayou landscapes around Louisiana.

Upon his return to St. Louis from the war, Meeker painted several landscapes of the Louisiana Bayou from his memory and sketches. He would go on to travel the areas surrounding the Mississippi river and paint the landmarks and cities that he encountered. He was especially fond of painting the Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Meeker also traveled throughout the east creating notable paintings of the Adirondack Mountains as well as in the western United States in areas around Wyoming and Colorado.

Hiro Fine Art is interested in buying paintings by Joseph Rusing Meeker.


  • 1827 – Born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1845 – Enrolled at the National Academy of Design
  • 1849-1852 – Established an art studio in Buffalo, New York
  • 1859 – Settled in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Served on a gunboat that traveled along the Mississippi river during the Civil War