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Francis Alexander

 

 

Alexander Francis

(b Killingly, CT, 3 Feb 1800; d Florence, 27 March 1880). American painter and lithographer. He studied briefly with Alexander Robertson (1768–1841) in New York and copied portraits by John Trumbull and Samuel Waldo. From 1821 to 1825 he painted portraits in Killingly, CT, and Providence, RI. He received encouraging advice from Gilbert Stuart in Boston, probably in 1825, and by 1828 was a prominent portrait painter and lithographer there. Portraits such as Mrs Jared Sparks (1830; Cambridge, MA, Harvard U.) demonstrate a well-developed sense of pattern and design but display some deficiency in draughtsmanship, with conventional shapes used to determine the sitter’s features.

 

Leete Farm, West Claremont, New Hampshire

 


Ralph Wheelock's Farm.
 c. 1822

 

 

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