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Asahel Powers

 (1813 - 1843)
Asahel Lynde Powers was active/lived in Vermont, Illinois.  Asahel Powers is known for itinerant folk portrait painter.

Biography   Asahel Powers


Born in Springfield, Vermont, he was an itinerant folk portraitist who traveled across the country from Vermont to Illinois, leaving portraits in many communities. Little is known about his early life, except that he began painting at about age 18 and traveled in the Northeast states. His early work was on wood panels, but by the 1830s, when he was traveling farther, he switched to canvas for ease of portability. He was not skilled with modeling the figure, and often hands are drooping and seem deformed. His figures invariably had still-life props and rich, detailed clothing. Towards the end of his life, he lived in Olney, Illinois where he died, likely in 1846.



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