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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 1837 VR: item # 1166568
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|Charles Bird King,1785-1862, Washington, District of Columbia. Born in Newport, Rhode Island, Charles Bird King became famous for his portraits of distinguished Native Americans. He studied with Samuel King, colonial painter, and then at age 15, ran away to New York City where he worked in the studio of Edward Savage. From 1805 to 1812, he lived in London, studying with Benjamin West and sharing a studio with Thomas Sully. In 1816, he settled in Washington D.C., becoming the city's first significant resident artist. He did portraits of politicians and then spent 16 years on a commission to paint members of a five-tribe Indian delegation, which came to the city in 1821. The results became the basis of the National Indian Portrait Gallery. The originals burned, but lithography copies remain. He did an occasional still life, some of them in trompe l'oeil style including The Vanity of an Artist's Dream, which shows dusty, dilapidated books, stale food, and debris from an artist's studio. Another work, Still Life Game, has dark tones and melancholy mood and highly realistic rendering. His painting have sold at auctions for up to $1.300,000 and his paintings are in many important museums including National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fogg Art Museum: Harvard University Art Museums, Corcoran Gallery of Art.|