James Sr Sharples
(1751/52 - 1811)
James Sr Sharples was active/lived in Pennsylvania, New York / England. James Sharples is known for itinerant portrait often miniature painting, silhouettes of politicians, teaching.
Biography James Sr Sharples
The Sharples family created the finest pastel art in America after John Singleton Copley and before the renaissance of the medium in the later 19th century. James Sharples, born in Lancashire, England in 1752, was a pupil of George Romney, the English portraitist. He worked in Bath (1781), Bristol (1783 and 1785), Liverpool and London before traveling to America about 1793 with his third wife, the former Ellen Wallace (1769-1849), who had been his pupil, and three children, Felix (circa 1786-1825), James, Jr. (circa 1788-1839) and Rolinda (circa 1793-1838).
The family spent four years in Philadelphia and four in New York City. They returned to Bath in 1801, but in 1806, Felix and James, Jr. came back to America. Three years later, th
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