Early American Painting

Early American Painting

Early American Painting

Early American Painting

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Before the middle of the seventeenth century there were in what is now the United States few residences or even public buildings large enough for the exhibition of paintings, and that reason alone, had there been no other, would have discouraged any attempt at art. It is interesting to note that painting, at least in the field of portraiture, began to be practised in the American Colonies as soon as place was found for the display of pictures. In Virginia, the colonization of which was begun in 1607 by the English, the advent of the artist was considerably delayed. In New York, which the Dutch, who began to settle there about 1614, named New Netherland, Jacobus Gerritsen Strycker produced a portrait of his brother Jan in 1655. In the colony of Massachusetts Bay, settled by the English in 1628, William Reed made a portrait of Governor Richard Bellingham in 1641; and in what is to-day South Carolina, whose first permanent settlement was made by the English in 1670, Henrietta Johnston, an Englishwoman . . .

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