Tompkins H. Matteson was one of the most noted painters in upstate New York during the 1850s and was well-known for genre and historical subjects.
Born in Peterboro, New York, he studied and exhibited at the National Academy of Design - established himself as a portrait painter in Sherburne, New York before moving in 1841 to New York City. In 1850, he returned to Shelburne, where he spent the remainder of his life.
A follower of William Sidney Mount, he blended rural genre and history painting, and his subjects included everyday historical, patriotic, and religious subjects. His subjects were taken from American history and rural life, and he is famous chiefly for his painting of <
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