Peter Grain Sr
(1785 - 1857)
Peter Grain, Sr. was active/lived in Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania / France. Peter Grain Sr is known for set design, portrait, miniature and landscape painting, moving dioramas.
Biography Peter Grain, Sr.
Peter Grain (1785? - 1857) was a French-American artist who achieved success in the United States. Known for his panoramas, landscapes, portraits, dioramas, portrait miniatures, and theatrical designs, he was also an architect and the author of at least one stage play. His family was involved in theatrical design in New York, Philadelphia and other major American cities for at least two generations.
Born in France, Grain was originally a performer and playwright with the Circus of Pépin and Breschard, a company which toured the United States from 1807 until 1815. On August 2, 1809, Pépin and Breschard presented his play Billy, or the Reward of a Good Action in New York City. This "New Pantomime" included "combats" on hor
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