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 John Greenwood  (1727 - 1792)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: portrait, genre, structure, engraver

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1792 Portrait of Thomas Child (1730-1787)
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Born in Boston, John Greenwood was one of that city's most prominent portrait painters during the 1740s, one of the reasons being that he had little competition. His works from that time are regarded as naive and awkward by today's standards.

He was trained in an apprenticeship to a sign painter and engraver, Thomas Johnston, from 1742 to 1745. He had access to engraved copies of popular English oil paintings, which he copied, and his earliest portrait dates to 1747. Thinking to better himself, he sailed for Surinam, a Dutch Colony in South America, in 1752, and painted more than 100 portraits there as well as several genre works. In 1758, he went to Holland and mastered mezzotint engraving and helped with the reopening of the Amsterdam Art Academy. He then landed in England in 1762 and made a living as an art and curio dealer and occasional painter including of landscapes. He died in Margate.

The New York Historical Society has two of his notebooks, one which records his trip to Surinam and the other descriptive of a trip from Amsterdam to London.

Michael David Zellman, "300 Years of American Art"
Matthew Baigell, "Dictionary of American Art"
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

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