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 Richard Morrell Staigg  (1817 - 1881)

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Lived/Active: Rhode Island      Known for: portrait, genre, miniature, landscape

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Biography from Whistler House Museum of Art:
The following is from Peter Kostoulakos, ISA ˜ Fine Art Consultant

Richard Morrell Staigg

Richard Morrell Staigg — active in the United States from the 1840s — was born on September 7, 1817 in Leeds, England and died on October 11, 1881 in Newport, RI. The Staigg family came to the United States in 1831 and settled in Newport, RI. Here, in Newport, Staigg received his first art training from Jane Stuart (c.1812-1888), daughter of Gilbert Stuart, and later he went on to study with Washington Allston (1779-1843).

Staigg specialized in portraits and miniatures; later in life he painted genre and landscapes. He first exhibited his work in Boston, MA in 1841 and spent most of his career there. He worked in Baltimore, MD in 1845 and, for much of the 1850s, he worked in New York City and occasionally in Newport. With the increasing popularity of the camera, demand for miniatures declined. So, in1862, Staigg abandoned miniature painting and devoted his efforts to oil and crayon portraits.

In 1856 he was elected an Associate of the National Academy of Design and a full member in 1861. Staigg exhibited with the National Academy of Design in New York City; the Brooklyn Art Association; and the Boston Art Club in 1874, 1875, 1877, and 1881.

Staigg's work is in the collections of the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, MA; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, MD; and the New York Historical Society.

References: Davenport's Art Reference 2001/2002, page 1749; Mantle Fielding, 1986, page 888; Mallett, page 417; Dealer's Choice Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters... page 1306; New-York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America, 1957, page 598; Whistler House Museum of Art files.

Peter Kostoulakos, ISA — Fine Art Consultant

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