Portrait painter. Born on a farm near Windsor, VT on Dec. 15, 1817.
Shaw was a self-taught painter. In his early twenties he taught penmanship and drawing at an academy in Norwich, VT and later served as director and art teacher at the Boston Athenaeum. After 1842 he was active as an itinerant portraitist in the South. He fulfilled several commissions in Baton Rouge and New Orleans before joining the Gold Rush to California. He and his brother Seth made the trek via the Isthmus of Panama. Arriving in San Francisco in August 1849, he mined for a few months before returning to art. He then moved to Sacramento where E. B. Crocker became his patron. He subsequently painted more than 25 portraits of Californians for Crocker. Shaw wasNearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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