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 Jerome B. Thompson  (1814 - 1886)

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Lived/Active: New Jersey/New York/Massachusetts      Known for: genre-landscape, allegory and portrait painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, Jerome Thompson became a painter of luminous landscapes, often allegorical with rural figures in the foreground.  His father was Cephas Thompson, distinguished portrait painter, who refused to give Jerome art lessons and even destroyed his early paintings because he wanted him to be a farmer.

As a youth, Jerome moved with his sister to Barnstable, Massachusetts and earned money as a sign and portrait painter.  He painted Daniel Webster, and Abraham Quary, the last surviving member of the Nantucket Indian tribe.  In 1835, he opened a portrait studio in New York City, but a landscape, A Pic Nick, Camden, Maine, that he entered in the 1850 National Academy exhibit, changed the direction of his painting because it got so much positive reaction.

In 1852, he went to England for several years of independent study and changed from exhibiting originals to lithographic reproductions of his work.  These copies earned him financial success. After returning from England to the U.S., he painted in the Berkshire Mountains, did some romantic western landscapes and Indian subjects including Hiawatha.

Michael David Zellman, 300 Years of American Art

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The following biography is from Grove Art

Jerome Thompson was the son of the portrait painter Cephas Thompson (17751856) and the brother of the artist Cephas Giovanni Thompson (180988). At the age of 17 he opened a portrait studio in Barnstable, MA, and moved to New York in 1835.

In 1850 he began to exhibit genre subjects, although he never entirely abandoned portraiture, and after studying in England from 1852 to 1854, he returned to New York where he achieved success with his rustic genre scenes.  These include Apple Gathering (1857; New York, Brooklyn Mus. A.) and the Belated Party on Mansfield Mountain (1858; New York, Met.).

His works were particularly praised for the equal emphasis given to landscape and genre elements within the same picture.

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