Friday, February 3, 2017

American Artist Matthew Pratt 1734-1805

Matthew Pratt (American Colonial Era Painter, 1734-1805) Portrait of Abigail Willing (1743–1830)

Matthew Pratt (American Colonial Era Painter, 1734-1805) Mary Jemima (Mrs James Balfour)

Matthew Pratt (American Colonial Era Painter, 1734-1805) Elizabeth Gay (Mrs. Thomas Bolling) with twins Sarah & Ann 1773

Matthew Pratt (American Colonial Era Painter, 1734-1805) Elizabeth Shewell (1741-1814) (Mrs Benjamin West) c 1765

Matthew Pratt (American Colonial Era Painter, 1734-1805) Benjamin West (American artist, 1738-1820)

At age 15, Matthew Pratt (1734-1805) was apprenticed to his artist uncle, James Claypoole, from whom he learned "all the different branches of the painting business, particularly portrait-painting." About 1764, he went to England to join expatriate artist Benjamin West. Upon returning to the new republic, Charles Willson Peale noted that Pratt had a full-length of John Dickinson plus "a considerable number of portraits on hand." Pratt worked in New York City in 1771-72, where his commissions included a full-length portrait of Governor Cadwalader Colden, & he met John Singleton Copley. Pratt next traveled to Williamsburg, Virginia, where he advertised a spring 1773 issue of The Virginia Gazette that he was "Lately from England and Ireland But last from New York." Later, as a partner in the Philadelphia firm of Pratt, Rutter & Co., which offered "Portrait and ornamental painting," he returned to the steady income of decorative & sign painting.

Matthew Pratt (American Colonial Era Painter, 1734-1805) Self Portrait