The following information courtesy of Vivian F. Zoe, Director of the Slater Memorial Museum:
Alexander Hamilton Emmons (1816 - 1884) lived most of his life in Norwich, Connecticut where for a time he was viewed as the most important portrait painter. He painted Mayors, doctors, industrialists (and their families) at a time when Norwich reached the zenith of its manufacturing prowess. Emmons had been artistic in school, but found employment as a house painter. He began his artistic career in Hartford in 1843, painting miniature portraits on board after drafting the likeness of a fellow house painter. Emmons was the first established 19th century portrait painter in Norwich, followed soon after by John D
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