John Greenwood (artist)

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Self-portrait of John Greenwood, from his painting The Greenwood-Lee family
Greenwood painted various prominent Rhode Island merchants in Sea Captains Carousing in Surinam from 1755

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 traveled to the Dutch colony of Surinam in northeast South America. He stayed there for over five years, during which time he executed 115 portraits, before traveling again, this time to Europe, arriving in Amsterdam in May 1758. He settled there for a time to learn the art of making mezzotints, and was documented as a member of the Amsterdam Drawing Academy in 1758 by Jacob Otten Husly.[1] After leaving Amsterdam, Greenwood stayed in Paris, then London, where he eventually settled in 1764.

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 while on a visit to Margate, Kent on the 16th of September, 1792, and is buried there.

Artworks[edit]

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 Colonel Thomas Westbrook (1675–c. 1744) and Mary Sherburne; wife of Richard Waldron (1694–1753; prominent merchant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; m. 1718). [At times, this painting has erroneously been attributed to Joseph Blackburn. IAP 80970121 and IAP 81840242
1750 Portrait of Thomas Westbrook Waldron (c. 1750), oil on wood view Historic New England, Boston, Massachusetts Subject: Captain Thomas Westbrook Waldron (1721–1785); prominent merchant in Dover, New Hampshire; husband of Constance Davis; father of eight children (William, Richard, Charles, Daniel, and daughters Elizabeth, Eleanor, and Abigail). [At times, this painting has erroneously been attributed to Joseph Blackburn.] IAP 80970122 and 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography of John Greenwood in Roeland van Eynden and Adriaan van der Willigen's Geschiedenis der Vaderlandsche Schilderkunst, 1840, Vol. II, p. 202 (reprint 1979)

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