James Hamilton

(1819 - 1878)

Born in Ireland (1819-1878). Removed to America at an early age, settling in Philadelphia. He was brought up to commercial pursuits, but, displaying talents for art, he adopted it as a profession while still a young man. He was assisted by John Sartain and other Philadelphia gentlemen, and obtained employment as a professor of drawing in that city as a means of support while pursuing his art studies. In 1854 he went to England, spending some time in London. He returned to Philadelphia in 1856, and, having turned his attention to drawing upon stone and wood, he furnished the illustrations for Dr. Kane's Arctic Explorations, Arabian Nights, Ancient Mariner, and other popular works. Among his oil-paintings may be mentioned, "Capture of the Serapis", "Old Ironsides", "Wrecked Hopes", "Egyptian Sunset", "Moonlight Scene near Venice," and "Morning off Atlantic City".

He was particularly successful in his marine views.

"The engraving of Dr. Kane's book are eminently happy, the productions of a man who is a real poet in art, and who invests the whole work with a halo of romance, mysterious as the effort of light in those northern regions, and which could scarcely have induced by the power of words." -- Blackwood's Magazine.

"Hamilton's style is bold; he does not aim at high finish; but he is the reverse of little, and emphatically his own feeling and sense of a subject." -- Tuckerman's Book of the Artists.

Artists of the Nineteenth Century, their Work & Biographical Sketches. By Clara Erskine Clement & Laurence Hutton, 1879.

Born in Ireland in 1819, went to America at an early age, and settled in Philadelphia. He was brought up to commercial pursuits, but early displaying a talent for art, he adopted it as a profession. In 1854, he came to England, but returned to America in 1856. He furnished the illustrations for Dr. Kane's Arctic Explorations, the Arabian Nights, Ancient Mariner, and other popular works. Among his paintings may be named 'The Capture of the Serapis,' 'Old Ironsides,' 'Wrecked Hopes,' and 'Egyptian Sunset'.

Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, 1876 - Reprinted, 1894, 1899.

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