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 Lewis Thomas Ives  (1833 - 1894)

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Lived/Active: Michigan      Known for: portrait painter-dignitaries

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BIOGRAPHY for Lewis Ives
1833 (rural Rochester, New York)
1894 (Detroit, Michigan)


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Lewis Thomas Ives (1833-1894), portrait artist in Detroit from 1852-94, was born August 3, 1833, at or near Rochester, New York to Eardly and Ann (Wood) Ives.

Lewis Ives was an attorney who painted in his spare time and eventually left the practive of law to devote all his time to art. He studied in Paris and Rome under Willian Page. He married Margaret Leggett, 1860, in Detroit, and they had two sons, Percy Ives, who became an artist, and Dr. Augustus W. Ives,

Lewis Ives painted many portraits of dignitaries from Detroit, Michigan and Massachusetts. He was commissioned to do a portrait of Grover Cleveland, but died before its completion The painting was later finished by his son, Percy Ives. A room at the Detroit Institute of Art is named after Lewis Ives who died in Detroit on December 13,1894.

Exhibition venues include Detroit's first art exhibition, held in 1852, the Western Art Association in 1870, the Detroit Art Associaiton of 1875-1876 and 1893, the Detroit Museum of Art in 1887, 1889 and 1891 and the Michigan State Fair 1851, 1854, 1878-1880.

Submitted February 2005 as a bulletin to AskART by Marcia and Tom Wigginton.
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

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