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Gustavus Hesselius: Face Painter to the Middle Colonies

Fleischer, Roland E.

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ISBN 10: 0938766066 / ISBN 13: 9780938766063
Published by New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, 1987
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Title: Gustavus Hesselius: Face Painter to the ...

Publisher: New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: paperback

Book Condition:Fine

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Hesselius left his home country of Sweden for Wilmington, Delaware in 1711. There he lived until 1717 when he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he lived until 1721. In 1721, he moved to Prince George's County, Maryland and became a portrait painter, though he had been trained in Sweden. That same year, he received the first recorded public art commission in the American colonies, he painted The Last Supper. He also painted a Crucifixion. Some time around 1735, Hesselius returned to Philadelphia where spent the rest of his life and traveling.[1] He was listed as a member of the Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church in Philadelphia. He also worked as an organ builder, having built an organ for the Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1746. From about this time on, he focused on building organs, referring painting commissions to his son John.[1] J. Hall Pleasants has said that Hesselius became "America's earliest portrait painter of note." In 1994 he was named to the Prince George's County Hall of Fame.[2]

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