Wyatt Eaton

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Wyatt Eaton
Self portrait of Wyatt Eaton
Charles Wyatt Eaton

(1849-05-06)May 6, 1849
Philipsburg, Quebec, Lower Canada
DiedJune 7, 1896(1896-06-07) (aged 47)
EducationNational Academy of Design, New York City
Known forPainting

Wyatt Eaton, baptised Charles Wyatt Eaton, (May 6, 1849 – June 7, 1896) was a Canadian/American portrait and figure painter, remembered as one of the founders of the Society of American Artists.


Born in Philipsburg, Quebec, Lower Canada, Eaton was a student of the National Academy of Design, New York. In 1872, he moved to Paris and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts under Jean-Léon Gérôme.[1] During this time, he made the acquaintance of Jean-François Millet at Barbizon, and was also influenced by his friend Jules Bastien-Lepage.

After his return to the United States in 1877, he became a teacher in the Cooper Institute, and opened a studio in New York City. He became one of the founders of the Society of American Artists, in which he was the first secretary. Eaton died from tuberculosis at Newport, Rhode Island on June 7, 1896.[2]


Portraits of Wyatt Eaton[edit]



  • Sherman, Frederic Fairchild, American Painters of Yesterday and Today, 1919, Priv. print in New York. Chapter: Figure Pictures by Wyatt Eaton: online
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Eaton, Wyatt". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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