Born on August 31, 1802 in Mason County Kentucky near Maysville, Aaron Corwine showed an early interest in art, which was whole-heartedly supported by his father. Corwine first studied in Maysville, Kentucky with a Mr. J.T. Turner, an itinerant artist, who encouraged his student to go to Cincinnati.
Aaron arrived there in 1818 and so impressed some of the wealthy citizens, such as Dr. Daniel Drake, that they collected money and sent him to Philadelphia to study with Thomas Sully.
In 1820, he returned to Cincinnati, and stayed there until 1829. His portraits were true to the original in a Romantic style, and he quickly became successful in Cincinnati, where his work is still highly regarded by many families.
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