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 James (Colonel) Fairman  (1826 - 1904)

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: landscape, marine, figure-genre

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
James Fairman worked as a landscape painter, critic, lecturer, musician, and teacher. He came to the United States in 1832, studied at the National Academy of Design in 1842, and exhibited drawings at the American Institute in 1846. After serving as a colonel in the Civil War, he opened a studio in New York City. George Herbert McCord (1848-1909), who later become known for his watercolors, oils, and pastels, is said to have studied with James Fairman in 1866.

Fairman was one of the many artists who painted in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the late 1800s. In 1871, he went to Europe where he spent the next nine years. In the 19th century, many Americans traveled abroad, and often visited, depicted, or wrote about the Holy Land, where they often found corroboration of just about any ideological or aesthetic viewpoint they chose to maintain. Fairman returned and became a teacher at Olivel College beginning 1880. His works were shown at the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1926. Fairman came to the U.S. with his family in 1832. He studied at the NAD in 1842 and exhibited drawings at the American Institute in 1844. He was in England in 1851. Following two years service in the Civil War, he had a studio in NYC. In 1871 he returned to Europe and spent ten years studying in Italy, France, Germany, and England. In 1891 he was a resident of Los Angeles and, while there, made a trip north to paint the Golden Gate and exhibit at the Mechanics' Institute. For many years he was a prominent critic, lecturer, and art teacher at Olivet (MI) College. Fairman died in NYC on March 12, 1904.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Art Journal, 1880; City Directory; New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America (Groce, George C. and David H. Wallace); American Art Annual 1906 (obituary).
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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