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|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."
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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