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 Robert Street  (1796 - 1865)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: portrait, landscape, history, genre

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Robert Street
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Village in Winter
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A highly respected and popular portraitist of his time but largely forgotten today, Robert Street also did historical and Biblical scenes, but many of his paintings have been lost. Nothing is known of his life before 1815 when he first exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy except that he was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania.

He continued to exhibit at the Academy in 1817, 1818, and 1822. In 1824 he showed three historical paintings in Washington, D.C., and in the same year he painted a portrait of Andrew Jackson, which later hung in the White House. In 1834, he painted Joseph Bonaparte, the oldest brother of Napoleon, who was living on an estate in Bordentown, New Jersey. In 1840 a major exhibition of his work was held at the Artists Fund Hall in Philadelphia. The show was catalogued and included 172 works by Street and fifty paintings by past artists. He also participated in group shows at the Artists Guild until 1845; at the Franklin Institute in 1847 and 1851; at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts until 1861; and at the Apollo Association in New York in 1838 and 1839.

His characteristic portraits have clarity and usually show men in dark coats and women in bright, abstractly rendered clothing. In 1840, an exhibition of 200 of his paintings was held at the Artist's Fund Hall in Philadelphia. It also included paintings he had collected by European masters including Van Dyke, Rubens and Carracci. Four of his children by three wives became artists.

Robert Street married three times. His sons, Ruben Correggio, Austin del Sarto, Theophilus, and Claude Lorraine, all became artists in Philadelphia.

Michael David Zellman, "300 Years of American Art"

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