Robert John Curtis
(1816 - 1867)
Robert John Curtis was active/lived in South Carolina, Florida / Germany. Robert Curtis is known for portrait painting including Seminole Indian, Osceola.
Biography Robert John Curtis
Robert J. Curtis
(1816 – 1867)
Little is known about the South Carolina artist, Robert J. Curtis, who may have been born in Germany. He appears in 1833 as an artist in Charleston, South Carolina, newspapers. He also studied art in the Philadelphia studio of John Neagle (1796-1865). In 1838, at the Apollo Gallery in Charleston, Curtis exhibited a portrait of the Seminole Indian leader, Osceola. In 1847, he was in Mobile, Alabama, returning to Charleston to continue his portrait painting that same year.
Perhaps his most important portrait is this likeness of Seminole Chief, Osceola. The clothing worn for this portrait is in the style of the Creek Indians, which itself had been affected by the styles of British uniforms
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