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Francis Augustus Silva

 (1835 - 1886)
Francis Augustus Silva was active/lived in New York.  Francis Silva is known for coastal views, marine and landscape painting.

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Artist Bulletins for Francis Augustus Silva


1 archived bulletin(s) below.    (Note:  Bulletins are no longer updatable as of 2015.)

NEW YORK TIMES April 5,1885
Gene Meier (02/25/2010)
The regretful death of Francis A.Silva has brought up many anecdotes among the artists to show his quick changes of mood and ready combativeness.Mr.Silva was at Fortress Monroe with Duryea's Zouaves when the Monitor and Merrimac had their colossal duel;hence he knew all about the scene.Some Frenchmen having arranged a panorama of the battle,Silva entered and immediately attacked the management,pointing out a number of glaring mistakes.There was no measure in his criticisms,and presently a stinging letter appeared in a paper.Too late Silva discovered that a New York painter of his acquaintance was the designer of the pictures,though not,it afterward appeared,the artist to execute them.At this Silva hastened to him,begged his pardon, and promised to rectify it.The following day,in another paper appeared a letter denouncing the first critic of the panorama as a villain of the deepest dye,telling him he knew nothing about the matter,and advising him to do various things that most people would rather not do.This was the excitable artist's way of "making it all square."Mr.Silva's belligerent nature made him perhaps less sensitive to neglect than others,or readier to rise in spirits.The North Gallery has a "Sunrise",the West a beach view near Atlantic City.It must be confessed that from the press his marines had little encouragement,yet he was valiant to the last;his vivid personality will cause him to be missed in many studios.





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