SILAS MARTIN (1841-1906)
Silas Martin was born and raised in Westerville, Ohio, a small community north of Columbus. He studied with the noted portrait painter John H. Witt, who is remembered for the numerous Ohio governors' portraits he painted.
Following his teacher's lead, Martin also maintained a strong reputation as a portrait painter. One of his best known works is that of William McKinley when McKinley was governor of Ohio. His later work, however, focused primarily on landscape and still life painting.
Martin was also an excellent teacher and from 1898 until 1906 served as head of the art department at The Ohio State University. One of his most famous and devoted pupils at OSU was fellow Ohioan George Bellows. Martin died in 1906 after a lengthy illness.
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