Hamilton Easter Field

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Hamilton Easter Field (1873–1922) was an American artist, teacher, author, critic, collector and patron of the arts.[1]

Early life and family[edit]

Younger brother of Herbert Haviland Field, he was born into a Quaker family in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the Friends school and Brooklyn Polytechnic. He briefly attended the architectural program at Columbia University's School of Mines.[2] He moved to Paris in the mid-1890's to study architecture, but became involved in the world of Impressionist art.[2]

Art and art collecting[edit]

He traveled Europe both as an artist and an art collector. In 1905 he had an exhibit of his paintings at the Clauson Galleries in New York City,[3] and was known to lend from his own collection for exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[4] He shared an exhibit with Robert Laurent in 1915 at the Daniel Galleries.[5]

In 1911 Field founded the Summer School of Graphic Arts in Ogunquit, Maine.

At the time of his death in 1922 he was the art critic of the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Unmarried, Field left his papers to Franco-American sculptor Robert Laurent, and they're now held by the Archives of American Art.[7]


  1. ^ "Hamilton Easter Field: Pioneering American Modernism". Portland Museum of Art. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  2. ^ a b Burke, Colin B. (2014). Information and Intrigue: From INdex Cards to Dewey Decimals to Alger Hiss. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. p. 370. ISBN 9780262027021. 
  3. ^ "American Art News, Vol. 3, no. 71". American Art News 3 (71): 1–8. 1905-01-01. 
  4. ^ Ivins, William M. (1921-01-01). "French Prints and Drawings of the Last Hundred Years". The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 16 (6): 126–132. doi:10.2307/3254464. 
  5. ^ "The New York Times: Sunday March 28, 1915". Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  6. ^ "American Art News, Vol. 20, no. 30". American Art News 20 (30): 1–10. 1922-01-01. 
  7. ^ http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/hamilton-easter-field-papers-15927