Erastus Salisbury Field
(1805 - 1900)
Erastus Salisbury Field was active/lived in Massachusetts, New York. Erastus Field is known for portrait, allegory and history painting, architecture.
Biography Erastus Salisbury Field
Born in Leverett, Massachusetts, Erastus Field kept his home most of
his life in that state but did study briefly with Samuel F.B. Morse in
New York City where he lived from 1842 to 1848. He was a folk
portrait artist with little modeling skill, but is remembered for the
social idealism exhibited by his subjects.
Unlike many of his
peers who painted faces on pre-painted bodies, he did the faces first
and the clothing addressed social position. He also did
historical subjects, one of them being an American Centennial
commemoration for Springfield, Massachusetts. He was also known
for his scenes from classical mythology and Biblical history.
wife was artist, Phebe Gilmore, who exhibited as Mrs. P
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