The American portrait tradition : Cephas Thompson 1775-1856

Date of Award


Document Type

Masterʼs Research Paper

Degree Name



Art & Art History

First Advisor

Ellen C. Micaud


Thompson, Cephas, 1775-1856, Portraits, American -- 18th century, Portraits, American -- 19th century


"The purpose of this study is to reveal the work of Cephas Thompson in the context of the American Portrait Tradition as it existed in America from 1775 to 1856. European historic and artistic background serves as the foundation. A critical analysis of the most relevant American portraitists from the seventeenth to the midnineteenth centuries is provided to relate them aesthetically and ideologically with the work of Cephas Thompson and to provide insight into the artistic trends prevalent in Europe and America"


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