(1811 - 1888)
Thomas Wightman was active/lived in South Carolina. Thomas Wightman is known for opulent still life, portrait painting.
Biography Thomas Wightman
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Thomas Wightman came of age during the heyday of Charles Fraser and the itinerancies of Samuel F. B. Morse and other prominent portrait artists; he may also have come into contact with the miniaturist Edward Greene Malbone who recorded his parents' likenesses. But Charleston was not always a nurturing environment for burgeoning native talent, and, by the mid-1830s, Wightman was living in New York where he became a student of Henry Inman, the leading portraitist of the moment and a founder of the National Academy of Design. Wightman first exhibited portraiture at the academy in 1836. His address of record in a well established neighborhood just off Broadway at that time indicates a certain degree of artist
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