T Des Combes
(early 19th century)
T. Des Combes was active/lived in Ohio. T Des Combes is known for itenerant portrait painter.
Biography T. Des Combes
An itinerant German painter in Ohio, T. Des Combes was the competition for Thomas
Cole when he began his painting career in America, having emigrated
from England. In 1822, Cole was living in Ohio, and set out to be
an itinerant portrait painter. When he reached St. Clairsville,
he learned that Des Combes (first name unknown) had already siphoned
off potential business. Cole examined his rival's work and saw a
double portrait of "a very large man and his little wife. The
painter had complimented the fair lady: she was painted twice as large as
her husband. I determined to compete with this German master."(6)
The presence of the two artists led to much debate in St. Clairsville
about their co
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