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Erastus Field

 (1805 - 1900)
Erastus Salisbury Field was active/lived in Massachusetts, New York.  Erastus Field is known for portrait, allegory and history painting, architecture.

Biography   Erastus Field


Born in Leverett, Massachusetts, Erastus Field kept his home most of his life in that state but did study briefly with Samuel F.B. Morse in New York City where he lived from 1842 to 1848.  He was a folk portrait artist with little modeling skill, but is remembered for the social idealism exhibited by his subjects.

Unlike many of his peers who painted faces on pre-painted bodies, he did the faces first and the clothing addressed social position.  He also did historical subjects, one of them being an American Centennial commemoration for Springfield, Massachusetts.  He was also known for his scenes from classical mythology and Biblical history.

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