biographie de Alexander Charles STUART (1831-1898)

Birth place: Scotland or Poland

Death place: Chester, PA

Profession: Marine painter

Work: Atwater Kent Mus., Phila.; Delware Hist. Soc.; BMFA; Mariner's Mus.; Mystic Seaport Mus.; Peabody Mus.; U.S. Naval Acad., Annapolis; Mus. of the City of Mobile, AL

Comments: He was listed in the NYC census in 1860, living with his wife Dora (a Texan) and their two children, aged 2 years and 3 months, who were born in New York. He served in the U.S. Navy, 1863-66, then spent the rest of his life along the Delaware River area (Phila., Camden, Chester, Wilmington) where he painted ship portraits. He worked for shipbuilders, but was also a heavy drinker, and an 1884 newspaper from Eustis (FL) even carried his advertisement as a gynecologist. Signature note: He signed his works simply, "Stuart" and sometimes used a monogram of an anchor conjoined with an S.

Sources: G&W; 8 Census (1860), N.Y., XLV, 25; NYCD 1863; A. Peluso, article, Maine Antique Digest (Nov. 1989, p.18-C)

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