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 James Edward Freeman  (1808 - 1884)

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Lived/Active: New York/New Brunswick / Italy      Known for: portrait, genre and street urchin figure painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
An American expatriate to Italy, James Freeman was born in New Brunswick, Canada, spent his childhood in Otsego County, New York, and lived most of his art career years in Rome. He became known for the skill of his portrait and sentimental genre paintings, especially street urchins in Italy.

In 1828, he enrolled in the Antiques Class at the National Academy of Design in New York City; his enrollment listed him as "Painter", indicating he already had some reputation as an artist.  He first exhibited at the Academy in 1829 and was elected to Academy membership in 1833.

By the mid 1830s, he was living in the Albany area, and in 1839, left for Italy where he served as consul at Ancona from 1840 to 1840.  However, he lived in Rome to fulfill his duties and remained there for the remainder of his life while frequently sending paintings to America for exhibition. In 1877, his writing, Gathering from an Artist's Portfolio, was published and in 1877, published Gatherings from an Artists Portfolio in Rome was published.

James Freeman was married to the sculptor Horatia Augusta Latilla. Reportedly he lived a Bohemian life and had a happy disposition and flair for storytelling, which was reflected in his paintings.

Jonathan P. Harding, "James Edward Freeman", Painting and Sculpture in the Collection of The National Academy of Design, David Dearinger, Editor.

Nancy Wall Moure and Donelson F Hoopes, American Narrative Painting

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