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James Hamilton
(American, born Ireland, 1819-1878)
Steamboat at Sunset, 1874
Oil on canvas, 24 × 36 inches
Signed and dated at lower right: "J Hamilton"
Signed and dated on reverse: "Ja Hamilton 1874"

RS 1778


James Hamilton was born in Entrien, near Belfast, Ireland, and immigrated with his family to Philadelphia in 1834. He exhibited for the first time at the Artists' Fund Society in Philadelphia in 1840, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1843 to 1856 and at the National Academy of Design from 1846 to 1847. Hamilton traveled to London in 1854 and remained for two years. During this time, he was deeply influenced by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851).

After returning to the United States, Hamilton rapidly rose to being one of the country's foremost marine painters. His early works were mostly topographical landscapes and seascapes of various sites along the Atlantic coast that reflected the influence of Thomas Birch (1779–1851). His mature work was characterized by its loose, painterly technique, along with the use of rich color and dramatic lighting effects, for which he was known as "the American Turner."



  


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