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John Greenwood (artist)


John Greenwood (1727–1792) was an early American portrait painter and engraver.

Greenwood was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1727. He apprenticed with Thomas Johnston, a sign painter and engraver from 1742 to 1745 where he copied various English works. Besides portraits, Greenwood painted many satirical works. He left Boston in 1752 and went first to the Dutch colony of Surinam and then to Paris and England.

One of Greenwood's best known works is Sea Captains Carousing in Surinam (1755), a drunken scene featuring various prominent Rhode Island merchants, including Declaration of Independence signatory Stephen Hopkins, Governor Joseph Wanton, Admiral Esek Hopkins, and Governor Nicholas Cooke.

Greenwood died in London, England in 1792.

Artworks

Year Title Image Collection Comments
1751 Portrait of Richard Waldron, oil on wood view Historic New England, Boston, Massachusetts Subject: Richard Waldron (1694-1753); prominent merchant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Secretary of colonial New Hampshire; son of Colonel Richard Waldron (1650-1730); husband of Elizabeth Westbrook (1701-1758; m. 1718).
1751 Portrait of Mrs. Richard Waldron, oil on wood view Historic New England, Boston, Massachusetts Subject: Elizabeth Westbrook (1701-1758); daughter of IAP 81840242
1750 Portrait of Thomas Westbrook Waldron (c. 1750), oil on wood view Historic New England, Boston, Massachusetts Subject: Captain 81840243
Portrait of Mrs. Mary Fitch Cabot, oil on canvas view Historic New England, Boston, Massachusetts Subject: Mary Fitch (1724-1756); wife of Francis Cabot; mother of Susanna (1754-1777; wife of Judge John Lowell, 1743-1802).
Portrait of an unknown man, oil on canvas view Historic New England, Boston, Massachusetts

External links

  • "A History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States" By William Dunlap, Frank William Bayley, Charles Eliot Goodspeed (Boston: 1918 C.E. Goodspeed)
  • John Singleton Copley in America, a full text exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which contains material on John Greenwood (see index)

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