Artist; born in Narraganset, R. I., Dec. 3, 1755; was taken to Edinburgh
when eighteen years of age by a Scotch artist named Alexander
, but soon returned, and painted at Newport
, and New York.
When the Revolutionary War
broke out, he went to London
, received instructions from Benjamin West
, and rose to eminence.
he painted a portrait of Louis XIV.
He returned to the United States
in 1793, and painted, from life, portraits of Washington
and many worthies of the Revolutionary period.
After residing several years in Philadelphia
and awhile in Washington
, he made his permanent abode in Boston
's last work was a portrait of John Quincy Adams
He is regarded as one of the best portraitpainters America has ever produced.
His two daughters, Mrs. Stebbins
and Miss Jane Stuart
, both meritorious artists, long followed the profession of their father.
He died in Boston, Mass.
, July 27, 1828.