• Boston Portrait, Landscape Artist Thomas Edwards Traveling to Western States to Paint

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    THOMAS EDWARDS (1795-1869) was a 19th century artist in Boston, MA, specializing in portraits and landscapes. He kept a studio in Boston on Winter Street, then on Market Street and Tremont Street.  In the mid-1850s, he may have traveled in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, producing drawings of landscapes.  Edwards was a frequent exhibitor in the early years at the Boston Athenaeum and also with the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association in 1847 and the New England Art Union in 1851 and 1852.  Edwards was among the first wave of artists creating drawings intended for lithographic printing.  Edwards also painted miniature portraits.

     

    ANSON DANIELS (July 8, 1813-November 5, 1884) devoted himself to art and literature and was a successful portrait painter and an accomplished poet.  At least 37 portraits of Daniels have been located and are in possession of the Medway Historical Society.  

     

    One page, 4 ¾ x 7 ¾, Boston, March 13 [no year], ALS, to Mr. Daniels of West Medway [MA].  “Your drawing book, which you so kindly sent me, I now commit to the care of Dr. Dickinson. I thank you greatly for the care of it. I am now about to leave Boston for perhaps three months – I suspect to visit some of the Western States – and it may be sure my brush a little in Portrait & Landscape Painting.

     

    “You oblyd friend

     

    “Thos Edwards”

     

    Abbreviated address leave indicates the letter was hand delivered to Daniels. Folds, toning but very readable.

     

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