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John Hesselius

 (1728 - 1778)
John Hesselius was active/lived in Maryland.  John Hesselius is known for portrait often full figure.

Biography   John Hesselius


Born to a Swedish family, John Hesselius became one of the leading portrait painters in the Mid-Atlantic colonies. He is noted as one of the earliest teacher of Charles Willson Peale, who later became one of America's best-known colonial artists and whom Hesselius met at Annapolis in the early 1760s.

He first studied with his father, Gustavus Hesselius, a painter of portraits and religious subjects, but it is not thought that his father had much influence on his style.

The family lived in Philadelphia where he saw the work of portraitist Robert Feke, and this exposure became an ongoing influence as did the painting of John Wollaston, which he saw later in his career when Wollaston was working in the Colonies.

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