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 Alexander Charles Stuart  (1831 - 1898)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania / Scotland      Known for: marine-ship portrait

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Alexander Charles Stuart
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Scotland, Alexander Stuart became a painter of ship portraits who was listed in the census as living in New York in 1860. From 1863 to 1866, he served in the U.S. Navy and then spent the remainder of his life living along the Delaware River area near Philadelphia, Camden, Wilmington, etc.

He worked for shipbuilders but was an alcoholic. In 1884, he advertised himself as a gynecologist.

Often he signed his works simply as Stuart with a monogram of an anchor.

Alexander Stuart was born in Scotland on June 2, 1831. He received his early schooling in Glasgow, and later attended the Rugby School, England. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, receiving one degree in draftsmanship and one in medicine. Afterwards, Stuart traveled extensively with the British Royal Navy, visiting Australia and all parts of Europe.

Finally, in 1860, he came to the United States to join the Union Navy. When the Civil War ended, he was employed by the Harlan and Hollingsworth Co. Wilmington. He was a marine draftsman for this company, painting pictorial records of the vessels built by Harlan and Hollingsworth. He spent his later years painting in and around Philadelphia until his death in August, 1898. Stuart's landscapes and seascapes are now among private collections and museums in the Philadelphia and Wilmington areas.

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Biography from Charleston Renaissance Gallery:
The Scottish born Alexander Charles Stuart was an accomplished ship
portrait and marine painter who worked primarily in navy yards and shipyards along the Delaware River, as well as in Washington, Philadelphia and New York.

Born in 1831, Stuart grew up in Glasgow, then a major shipbuilding capital, and acquired early drafting skills as an apprentice to a machinist. Stuart emigrated to Chester, Pennsylvania in 1861, and served in the Marines, then joined the Union Navy in 1863, when he began to create ship paintings and watercolors. After resigning from the Navy in 1866 he was naturalized as a U.S. citizen and worked primarily as an artist and illustrator for the merchant shipbuilding firms of John Roach & Son and Harlan & Hollingsworth, in Wilmington, Delaware.

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