(1788 - 1865)
Ammi Phillips was active/lived in New York, Connecticut. Ammi Phillips is known for naive portrait and figure painting.
Biography Ammi Phillips
Ammi Phillips was born in Colebrook, Connecticut and began painting
portraits of western Massachusetts subjects in about 1811. In 1813 he
married Laura Brockway of Schodack, New York, and briefly lived in Troy
before settling in Rhinebeck, in Dutchess County. While there, Phillips
painted likenesses on both sides of the New York/New England border.
These "Border Period'' portraits, executed in pastel shades from 1812
through 1819, feature sitters with gangly arms, glancing sideways. In
the 1820s, Phillips experimented with dark and light color contrasts in
his portraits of Dutchess, Orange, and Columbia County residents.
his first wife's death, Phillips remarried, lived for a time in Amenia,
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