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 George Ropes  (1788 - 1819)

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Lived/Active: New York/Massachusetts      Known for: naive ship other marine, landscape

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From Salem, Massachusetts where he spent his entire career, George Ropes, who was deaf from birth, specialized in ship portraits.  His work can be found at the Peabody Museum.  Among his ship subjects are The Guerriere and The Constitution, relating to a marine battle between Britain and America.

Ropes, one of nine children, had an interest in nautical subjects from his childhood as his father was a sea captain.  In 1897, when Ropes was 19 years old, he began supporting the family because his father died at sea. 

He began his career as a sign and carriage painter in Salem and also did landscapes.  His teacher, beginning 1802, was Michele Felice Corne (1742-1832) from Rhode Island.  Overall Ropes' work "is similar to his mentor's, though perhaps not as proficient---but then he did not work as long." (Luhrs 30)

In 1819 at age 30, Ropes died from consumption.

Kathleen Luhrs, Museum "accessions", The Magazine Antiques, August 2008, pp. 28-30
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

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