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 John Samuel Blunt  (1798 - 1835)

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Lived/Active: New Hampshire/Massachusetts      Known for: portrait, marine, landscape and miniature painting

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BIOGRAPHY for John Blunt
1798 (Portsmouth, New Hampshire)
1835 (At Sea, East Coast)

New Hampshire/Massachusetts

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted September 2003, is from Mike Warren:

John S. Blunt was (1798-1835) was born in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire area.  His brief career consisted of portraits, landscapes, and marine art, some with luminous qualities that gave special lighting effects to his subject. 

He also produced ship ornaments and miniatures in his early years.  Blunt was married in 1821, and in 1825, he opened an art instruction school in Portsmouth.  John S. Blunt moved to Boston in 1831 and took up residence at 54 Cornhill.

Many of John S. Blunt's family were seafaring people.  His father was a ships captain. Other family members were also captains.  Some experts in the field find his rendering of ships probably the most successful element of his work.  His later works are thought of as improving as he matured.  He was self taught and his canvases were not very large.  He painted on canvas as well as panel and were usually oils.

John S. Blunt died aboard the ship Ohio on a voyage from New Orleans to Boston in 1835, at the age of 37.  He is thought to have had the capability to have become a well noted painter of marine and landscapes had he lived a full life.

His work is relatively scarce due to his premature death.


American Marine Painting, by John Wilmerding, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York, second edition 1987

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Note from F. Christopher Tahk, May 2005:

Please be advised that the artist sometimes listed as "John Sherburne Blunt" has the middle name of "Samuel", not 'Sherburne."  Nina Fletcher Little published this fact in a 1963 Antiques magazine note and John Wilmerding gives it correctly as Samuel in his book American Marine Painting

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