Born in 1849 in Philadelphia, Henry Singlewood Bisbing was an expatriate painter known for his paintings of cows grazing in the summer landscapes of France and Holland. Originally schooled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under John Sartain, he went on to begin his professional career in 1872, working as a wood engraver in New York City at Appleton's Art Journal and the Aldine. He also did studio illustrations for the Hayden Survey of 1872-73. Following these achievements, in 1876 he left to study at the Munich Academy with Barth and Loefftz. He continued his education in Brussels under De Haas and later in Paris under Felix Du Vuillefroy. In the summers, he was known to frequent Etaples, France and Zwolle, Holland.
During his lifetime he was a member of the Paris Society of American Painters, the Chevalier, and France's Legion of Honor. Bisbing's work received numerous accolades and has been exhibited at such places as the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, where he received a gold medal. It was also shown at the National Academy of Design in New York, the Paris Salon (gold medals in 1891 and 1900), the Art Institute of Chicago, the Columbian Expo in Chicago (silver medal in 1893), the Carnegie International, and the Pan-American Expo in Buffalo, New York (medal in 1901).
In spite of receiving so many American awards, he never achieved lasting prestige in the United States. Rather, he gained considerable repute in Europe as a painter of animals. His work can be found in the collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, the Mulhouse Museum, the Berlin National Gallery, the Musee Nantes, and the Weatherspoon Artists' Guild in Greensboro, North Carolina. Henry Singlewood Bisbing passed away in Ledyard, Connecticut in 1933.