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Artists of colonial America
Roark, Elisabeth Louise.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003.
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xviii, 207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm.
John White (c.1545-1606?), artist-explorer -- John Foster (1648-1681), America's first printmaker -- The Freake painter (active 1670-c.1680), an anonymous master -- Joseph Lamson (1658-1722), stonecutter -- Justus Engelhardt Kuhn (?-1717), portrait painter to a colonial aristocracy -- Henrietta Johnston (c.1674-1729), America's first professional woman artist -- Gustavus Hesselius (1682-1755), colonial realist -- Paul Revere (1734-1818), artist and revolutionary -- John Singleton Copley (1738-1815), Anglo-American master -- Benjamin West (1738-1820), American artist abroad.
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During the Colonial era, artists began to create an American identity in the art world. The drawings of explorer John White; the maps of John Foster, American's first printmaker; the silverwork of the famous patriot Paul Revere; the creations of America's first professional woman artist, Henrietta Johnston; and the portraits of John Singleton Copley all helped create a distinct culture in the young colonies. This volume presents narrative chapters on the lives of ten pioneers in Colonial American art.

Each biographical chapter traces the artistic development of these and other artists, describing their masterworks and placing them within the artistic traditions and cultural codes of the time. A plethora of illustrations, including an 8-page color insert, provides an invaluable look at Colonial American art. Chapter bibliographies, a glossary of terms, a timeline, and a subject index provide additional tools for students of art from the nation's earliest years.

Author Notes

ELISABETH L. ROARK is Associate Professor of Art History at Chatham College, Pittsburgh. Dr. Roark has worked as an assistant curator at the Carnegie Museum of Art and taught at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College.