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 Persis Goodale Thurston Taylor  (1821 - 1906)



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Lived/Active: Hawaii      Known for: Hawaiian landscape, silhouettes

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Hawaiian artist Persis Goodale Thurston Taylor was the daughter of Reverend and Mrs. Asa Thurston, who were pioneer missionaries to the Hawaiian Islands.

Her work is noted for its graphic realism, as in images of the Hawaiian breadfruit tree. She worked in oils and made detailed drawings of landscapes, such as views of Kona. Taylor also created silhouette images of missionaries and their families, a popular form of portraiture at that time.

Persis' mother, Lucy, (b.1795 Marlborough, MA, d.1876 Honolulu, Oahu) a teacher, left an autobiography that was later completed by Persis. Her father, Asa Thurston (b. 1787, d.1868 Honolulu), was a native of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Persis' siblings were Lucy Goodale (1823-1841), Asa Goodale Tyerman (1827-1859), and Thomas Gairdner (1836-1884).

The artist was a resident of Kailua-Kona, on the island of Hawaii, and also lived for three years in Lahaina, Maui, where she assisted in the work of the seminary press at Lahinaluna. Genealogical records state that in 1847 she married Rev. Townsend Elijah. Taylor of Lagrange, N.Y., who was 'Seaman's Chaplain for the Port of Lahaina, Sandwich Islands'.

Sources include:
'Finding Paradise', by Don Severson, Michael D. Horikawa, Jennifer Saville, in association with the Honolulu Academy of Art; and also to the website of the New England Historical Genealogical Society.

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