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 Frederick Stiles Jewett  (1819 - 1864)

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Lived/Active: Connecticut/Ohio      Known for: marine and landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Marine and landscape painter, Frederick Stiles Jewett became "one of the leading marine painters in Connecticut." (Falk 1730)

At the age of sixteen, he went on a two-year whaling journey.  When he returned he settled in Hartford, Connecticut, where he worked as the editor for the New England Weekly Review for a short time. From about 1841 to 1854 he lived in the West Indies where he worked as a journalist. He became ill and was forced to return to Hartford, where he worked as an insurance agent, and in his spare time took up marine and landscape painting.

In 1856 he was listed in the Hartford directory as "Artist and Instructor in all the branches of Drawing and Painting."

In 1864 he moved to Cleveland, Ohio as western representative of the Connecticut Insurance Company.  He died there after a three-month illness on December 26, 1864.

Groce & Wallace, The New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America
Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art

Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:
Born in Simsbury, Connecticut, February 26, 1819, Fred Stiles was a marine and landscape painter.  At sixteen years of age he entered a whaler where he spent two years in the South Pacific and Indian Oceans.  Returning he began a literary life, in various capacities proving himself an excellent writer.

When age twenty-two he moved to the West Indies where he married.  Only the last seven years of his life were devoted entirely to art.  He visited Europe and studied under the best English and French teachers.  He was strictly a marine painter, and his work had the merit of faithfulness due to his knowledge as a sailor.

During his art life he was connected with the city government of Hartford, Connecticut, much of his time being occupied in designing and making Bushnes Park.

Mr. Jewett died in Cleveland, Ohio, December 26, 1864.  A painting in the collection of The Butler Institute, The Huntress, is by Jewett, and one of his paintings also hangs in the Wadsworth Atheneum.

A letter dated January 9, 1930 from Robert C. Vose of Vose Galleries in Boston)

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