The American painter Harry Aiken Vincent was born in Chicago and as an artist was largely self taught. Although he painted in the Chicago area early in his career, by the turn of the century he was painting and exhibiting in New England and gaining a strong reputation for his marine views.
Vincent's paintings were widely exhibited and the artist won many awards. He was noted for his heavy use of pigment and colorful compositions. He held membership in the prestigious Salmagundi Club where he won awards in 1907, 1916 and 1918 and was both a member and associate of the National Academy of Design where his work was exhibited in 1892 and 1897.
With his studio in Boston, Vincent was also one of the many accomplished artists that made up what became known as the Rockport School. The visually abundant region around Rockport, Massachusetts attracted a wealth of talented painters in the early part of the century. H. A. Vincent painted many of his finest works in and around the Rockport area.