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Robert Field (painter)


Robert Field (painter)

Miniature of Yale University Art Gallery

Robert Field (1769–1819) was a painter who was born in Martha Washington. (Field's miniatures of both are in the Yale University Art Gallery permanent collection.)


  • America 1
  • Nova Scotia 2
  • Jamaica 3
  • Gallery 4
  • Other works 5
  • External links 6
  • References 7


He received his early training at the Royal Academy schools, London, in 1790. In 1794 he moved to the United States. He took up residence in the nation's then-capital, Philadelphia, Pa. There he immediately joined a group of artists led by Charles Willson Peale in establishing the Columbianum, or American Academy of the Fine Arts, which was eventually superseded by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1805.

Field spent 14 years in the United States, working as a miniature painter in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, and Boston; during this period he produced miniatures of

  • Harry Piers. Artists of Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Historical Society. 1914. p. 112- 119
  • Early American portrait painters in miniature by Theodore Bolton. New York. 1921 - Robert Field


  • Robert Field, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 1978
  1. ^
  2. ^ a b c d Robert Field – Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
  3. ^ Piers, Harry, Robert Field: Portrait Painter in Oils, Miniature and Water-Colours and Engraver, New York, 1927.
  4. ^



  • Works by Robert Field
  • Portrait by Robert Field

External links

  • Brewer John Lewis, National Portrait Gallery, London - founder of Richmond Park [4]
  • Mrs. George Washington
  • John Merrick (Province House)
  • Sir Alexander Cochrane
  • Sir Edward Parry
  • Commissioner John Nicholson Inglefield
  • Hon. Michael Wallace
  • Hon. ALawrence Hartshorne
  • Hon. Andrew Belcher
  • Hon. Charles Morris, 3rd
  • Adam DeChezeau
  • Rev. Dr. Archibald Gray and Mrs. Gray
  • Andrew Wrightand sister Mary
  • Dr. William J. Almon
  • Hon. James Fraser
  • Judge James Stewart
  • William Bowie
  • Dr. John Hallifburton
  • Charles Geddes
  • John Bremner
  • Captain Thomas Maynard, R. N.
  • Rear Admiral Herbert Sawyer
  • Hon. William Lawson (Bank of Nova Scotia)
  • Dr. Joseph Prescott
  • Dr. Mather Byles
  • Captain Nicholas Thomas Hill

Other works


In 1816 he moved to Jamaica, settling first in Montego Bay and then in Kingston. He died on 9 August 1819, apparently of yellow fever, and was buried in an unmarked grave in the old "West Ground" cemetery, now called the Strangers' Burial Ground, near the Kingston parish church.[2]


When tensions between America and England started to rise in the lead up to the John Coape Sherbrooke, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Provo William Parry Wallis, and Sir Alexander Forrester Inglis Cochrane, vice-admiral in the Royal Navy (whose portrait was shown at the Royal Academy exhibition in London in 1810).[2]

Nova Scotia


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