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Thomas Chambers : American marine and landscape painter, 1808-1869

Author: Kathleen A Foster; Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Publisher: Philadelphia : Philadelphia Museum of Art, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Labeled as a traveling American folk artist when he was rediscovered in the mid-20th century, the mysterious Thomas Chambers here receives a fresh and creative reassessment. Although his distinctive sea and landscapes appear in many American collections, little is known about this English-born painter, who arrived in New Orleans in 1832 and disappeared from record in the mid-1860s, leaving many paintings that later  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Named Person: Thomas Chambers; Thomas Chambers; Thomas Chambers
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kathleen A Foster; Philadelphia Museum of Art.
ISBN: 9780876332047 0876332041 9780876332054 087633205X 9780300141054 030014105X
OCLC Number: 228300726
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sept. 27-Dec. 28, 2008 and at three other venues.
Description: xi, 171 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
Contents: Who was T. Chambers --
Marine painter --
Landscape painter --
Folk art, fine art, popular art: Thomas Chamber in context --
America's first modern in the postmodern age.
Responsibility: Kathleen A. Foster.
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Although his distinctive land- and seascapes appear in many American collections, little is known about this English-born painter, who arrived in New Orleans in 1832. This work shows, however, that  Read more...

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