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 Frank Wildes Thompson  (1838 - 1905)

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Lived/Active: California/Maine      Known for: marine-sailing ship, seascape paintings

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Frank Wildes Thompson
from Auction House Records.
Clipper Ship Entering Golden
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Topsham, ME in 1838. Leaving Maine in the 1880s, Thompson boarded a clipper ship and sailed to California where he had family members in Santa Barbara. He was a sea captain who spent most of his life at sea and painted maritime subjects and modeled clipper ships in his leisure. His uncle, Frances Thompson, was captain of the brig, Pilgrim, whose journeys are chronicled in Dana's Two Years Before The Mast. Frank Thompson committed suicide in Santa Barbara on July 23, 1905. In: Santa Barbara Historical Society.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Santa Barbara Morning Press, 7-25-1905 (obituary); Santa Barbara Daily News, 5-1-1926.
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Born in Topsham, Maine, Frank Thompson was a marine painter from Santa Barbara, California.

According to Marla Daily of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation in Santa Barbara, Frank Thompson has mistakenly been confused with Francis Alpheus Thompson, an uncle. She also wrote that Frank Thompson committed suicide in Santa Barbara in 1905.

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