CHARLES SULLIVAN (1794-1867)
Charles Sullivan was born in Frankfort, Pennsylvania in 1794. He studied art in Philadelphia and was a friend and student of the painter Thomas Sully. Although Sullivan painted portraits throughout his artistic career, landscapes were his specialty. His interest in landscape painting began in Philadelphia where he is believed to have had a studio in the 1820s. In 1827 he and his family moved to Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia) and then onto Marietta, Ohio in 1833.
Sullivan's landscape style has been associated with the Hudson River School of painting. Both in Wheeling and in Marietta, he produced numerous paintings of the river area of southeastern Ohio and, what is now, western West Virginia. His historical views of Marietta and the mound earthworks located there, however, are some of his most important. These paintings provide documents of early Ohio settlement, some colored by stories told to him by early Washington County settlers, and some painted as he saw them in an era before photography was commonplace.
Sullivan made Marietta his home until his death at the age of seventy-three in 1867.
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