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 Augustus Goodyear Heaton  (1844 - 1931)

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Lived/Active: New York/Oklahoma/District Of Columbia      Known for: portraits of notables, engraver, history

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Landscape, 9 1/4" x 6", signed and dated A.G. HEATON 1905
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A portrait painter, engraver and art teacher, Augustus Heaton was born either in Philadelphia as recorded by art historians Peter Falk and John Mahe or in Perry, Oklahoma as stated by family members (see below). Heaton lived in various locations: New York City in the late 1870s; Paris, France in the early 1880s; Philadelphia (1884); Washington DC (1885); and then West Palm Beach, Florida. In 1890, 1892 and 1930, he was in New Orleans where he gave art lectures and painted portraits of numerous prominent citizens including Varina Davis who was Queen of Comus for Mardi Gras in 1892.

His engraving on a fifty-cent postage stamp won a bronze medal at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and his ten-cent postage stamp engraving won an award at the Omaha Exposition of 1899. Exhibition venues for paintings included the National Academy of Design, Paris Salon and Brooklyn Art Association.

Memberships were the Philadelphia Sketch Club, Society of Independent Artists, Society of Washington Artists and the Salmagundi Club.

Heaton was a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art with Peter Rothermel, and at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris with Alexandre Cabenel and Leon Bonnat. The obituary of Heaton recorded that he was the first American to enter the Ecole des Beaux Arts.

Heaton was also a teacher in Philadelphia at the School of Design for Women, and at the Art Students League in New York.

In the New York Historical Society's 2004 exhibition, "Alexander Hamilton, the Man Who Made Modern America," a visitor in a fall stuck his hand through a 1910 portrait by Heaton of Dr. David Hosack, the surgeon who operated on Hamilton after the duel. The work was subsequently restored.

Sources include:
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
John Mahe II and Rosanne McCaffrey, "Encyclopedia of New Orleans Artists" , 180
"Art-Talk", November-December, 2004
The following, submitted August 2002, is from Marci Heaton, whose husband is a descendant of the artist and a family historian

Mr. Augustus G. Heaton was born in Perry, Oklahoma. He resided in Oklahoma and was married to Adelaide Goodyear Heaton. They resided in New York City. They were married for 30 years. Adelaide's father was a well-known Republican and lawyer and an associate of Boss Tweed.

Augustus and Adelaide had 3 sons; one was an official of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the youngest was a student at Yale University. Augustus's father, John Heaton b. North Haven, CT. 12-6-1786, was a Philadelphia banker and at the time was worth millions. John was the president of the Philadelphia Trust & Savings Co.

Augustus visited France and was an art student in the city of Paris. While residing in Oklahoma he painted many paintings of noted Indian Americans and western scenes. In 1882, he created the "Recall of Columbus" painting. In 1884 the Joint Committee on Library acquired the painting for the United States Capitol, and it originally hung in the Senate Committee on public lands.

He, also painted "Baron von Steuben at Valley Forge 1777". Augustus was trained artistically in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and later finished his studies 1894 in Rome, Italy but remained in the U.S. until his death in 1931.

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