Painting of Comingo's fatherRobert R. Renwick
I have a small oil painting of B. Ronkus Comingo painted in 1810 when he was 87 years old, signed J. B. Comingo. Ronkus was the first minister of the German Reformed Church in Lunenberg, N.S, and held that position for 50 years. This is now St. Andrew's Church. B. Ronkus and his wife are interred in the lot beside the church. The painting is in its original frame with glass over it. I am considering giving it to Dalhousie University, or the church. Suggestions would be appreciated.
Joseph Brown ComingoTammy Slauenwhite
Joseph Brown Comingo was the first colonial-born portrait artist in the Atlantic Region. He was born 1784 and died 1821. He is well known for his painted miniatures, portraits, and landscapes. You will find his work in the New Bruswick Museum, (Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.) I came across this information during my History course at Acadia University, Wolfville, NS. I am a history major.
Joseph Brown ComingoAnne Wiegle
The Yarmouth County Museum presently has five paintings by Comingo. I have in my posession one dated 1816 of Althea Ann Ellis, (my GGGgrandmother) age 16 months, of Yarmouth NS. Two of the paintings at YCM are of Althea's parents, Joseph and Ruth Ellis, presumeably done at the same time.
Joseph Brown Comingo was an itinerant artist from Lunenberg Nova Scotia. I believe his parents were missionaries. It could be that his name was originally Coming and he added the o to sound Italian. I have not been able to find any information on him, but I believe that more of his works can be found in Halifax.