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 David Gilmour Blythe  (1815 - 1865)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania/Ohio      Known for: satirical-genre painting, portrait, still life

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BIOGRAPHY for David Blythe
1815 (East Liverpool, Ohio)
1865 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)


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A leading satiric genre painter of his time, David Blythe did work that often commented on the American court system and also depicted poverty-stricken street children.  He was born in East Liverpool, Ohio to Irish and Scottish parents.  He had little formal art training but at age 16, apprenticed to Joseph Woodwell, a woodcarver from Pittsburgh.  He also observed artists' work in a local gathering place owned by J.J. Gillespie.

From 1837 to 1840, he was a ship's ca (showing 500 of 5344 characters).

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