(1707 - 1751)
Robert Feke was active/lived in Massachusetts, Rhode Island. Robert Feke is known for colonial portrait painting.
Biography Robert Feke
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Little is known about the actual life of this artist, "considered the
first American-born painter of note" (Gustafson), but his great
grandfather, named Robert Feke, settled in Watertown, Maine in
1631. It is thought the artist was born in Oyster Bay, Long
Island where he grew up with his Baptist family and that he died in
either Bermuda or Barbados. He is thought to have been a
mariner who traveled widely to England and Europe, and he appeared in
Boston by 1748. In 1746, he was in Philadelphia.
Feke was an itinerant, spending time in many New England states.
His documented career seems only to have lasted a decade, 1741 to 1751,
when he left Newport, Rhode Island. About 60 portraits o
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