Portrait painter & lawyer Ethan Allen Greenwood attended school at the Academy at New Salem, & the Leicester Academy, before heading for college. He graduated from Dartmouth & attended Columbia College, where he studied law.
In 1806, after he graduated from Dartmouth College; & he trained under artist Edward Savage, whose New York museum he bought from Savage's son in 1918. Greenwood produced perhaps as many as 800 portraits using the physiognotrace technique. By 1813, he was keeping a studio in Boston, & associating with other artists, including Gilbert Stuart.
His New England Museum enjoyed considerable popularity. Greenwood also established museum branches in Portland, Maine, & Providence, Rhode Island. However around 1834-1839, he experienced financial difficulties, & as a result his assignees conveyed the collections of the New England Museum to Moses Kimball.
Following the death of his father in 1827, Greenwood returned to his hometown of Hubbardston, MA, where he entered politics. He married Caroline Carter Warren in 1829, & built a large house on the family homestead.
The Barre Patriot newspaper reported in July of 1849, "The large mansion house of the Hon. Ethan A Greenwood, of Hubbardston,was entirely consume d by fire on Friday, July 13, between the hours of eight & ten. All of the barns & other buildings, some half dozen in number we learn, together with 25 tons of hay, 160 bushels of grain, twowagons, a cart, & many farming tools were likewise consumed. The house was situated some two or three miles from the village & was not inhabited at the time of the fire. It was without doubt the work of an incendiary. The loss is said to be about $5000, - insurance $1500. Since writing the above we learn that an Irishman formerly in the employ of Mr Greenwood has been arrested on suspicion of having fired the buildings. Some difficulty had arisen between him & Mr Greenwood, & he had threatened retribution."
Greenwood died in Hubbardston in May of 1856.