Monday, January 30, 2012

Paintings by Shepard Alonzo Mount 1804-1868 brother of William Sidney Mount 1807-1868

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Shepard Alonzo Mount (American artist, 1804–1868) Rose of Sharon

Shepard Alonzo Mount 1804-1868 was the brother of William Sidney Mount, the well-known American genre scene painter. Shepard Mount began his career as a carriage painter in New Haven, Connecticut, before attending the National Academy of Design in New York to refine his techniques. After school, the two Mount brothers entered into a portrait painting business together but soon parted ways. Shepherd became an itinerant portrait painter. He traveled widely, completing portrait commissions as he went & painting nature still lifes & larger landscape scenes, as well.

Shepard Alonzo Mount (American artist, 1804–1868) Plugging the Enemy

Between 1829 & 1860, Shepard exhibited over 100 works at the National Academy of Design. He is known than his brother; because he did not leave diaries & letters behind like his more famous brother, William. However, Shepard wrote poetry throughout his life, which offers some insight to his family life & personality. After his death in 1868, his work was all but forgotten until Albert D. Smith, director of the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, Long Island, put together a one-man show of his work in 1945.

Shepard Alonzo Mount (American artist, 1804–1868) Girl with a Bird's Nest

Shepard Alonzo Mount (American artist, 1804–1868) Boy with an Arrow

Shepard Alonzo Mount (American artist, 1804–1868) The Breakfast Call

Shepard Alonzo Mount (American artist, 1804–1868) Girl Peeling Apples
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Spreading the News 1830s-1850s in Rural America by William Sidney Mount 1807-1868

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William Sidney Mount (American painter, 1807-1868) California News

William Sidney Mount (American painter, 1807-1868) Caught Napping 1848

William Sidney Mount (American painter, 1807-1868) Coming to the Point 1854

William Sidney Mount (American painter, 1807-1868) Farmers Nooning 1836

William Sidney Mount (American painter, 1807-1868) Politics of 1852


William Sidney Mount (American painter, 1807-1868) The Long Story 1837

William Sidney Mount (American painter, 1807-1868) The Painter's Triumph 1838
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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Folk Art

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George Esten Cooke (American artist, 1793–1849) Joseph Fairfax Lapsley
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A well set table was a sign of a well kept home.

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Book: John Henry Walsh, A Manual of Domestic Economy, 1874.

Image Caption: "Modified Dinner A La Russe, Set Out For Eight"
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Artist Charles Waldo Jenkins 1821–1896

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Charles Waldo Jenkins (American artist, 1821–1896) Residence of L A Newland 1848

From the New York Times, November 17, 1896
Charles W Jenkins, at one time a well-known portrait painter, died suddenly yesterday at his redidence, at 543 E 143rd St. He was 75 years old and was born in the village of Owaseo, Cayuga County, NY, and began the study of art at age 14. In 1848, he came to this city and followed the profession of painter, and was associated with Huntington, Daniel B. Johnson, and other artists. He was also an accomplished musician, and was at one time a member of Dodworth's Band and also vice president of the New York Skating Club. His best works were portraits of the Faculty of Princeton College. For many years he contributed to the exhibitions of the Academy of Design. Death was caused by severe cold, contracted several days ago. He was not married.

Charles Waldo Jenkins (American artist, 1821–1896) Portrait of a Lady
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Saturday, January 7, 2012

From the Newspapers -Women are graceful because...

Women are more graceful than men because they have no pockets to put their hands in and acquire a slouchy gait while young.

Mountain Echo newspaper, Marion County, Arkansas, 1886
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