Read, Thomas Buchanan, 1822-1872

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Birth 1822-03-12
Death 1872-05-11
Americans

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Thomas Buchanan Read, American poet.

From the description of Material relating to Thomas Buchanan Read's poem "Sheridan's ride," 1860-1898. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81915003

From the description of Material relating to Thomas Buchanan Read's poem "Sheridan's ride," 1860-1898. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702164946

American poet, painter, and sculptor.

From the description of Sheridan's ride : autograph manuscript copy of the poem signed, [1865 or later]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83861586

From the description of Drifting : autograph manuscript copy of the poem signed, [1865 or later]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270616397

From the description of Lines to a bird : which sang at my window one morning in London : autograph manuscript copy of the poem signed, [1852 or later]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270616401

Thomas Buchanan Read was an American poet and painter. Born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, he wandered across the northeast, engaging in a number of professions to make ends meet, and studied painting in Italy; he returned to the United States to join the northern army during the Civil War. His paintings tend to be mythological treatments with an artistic spirit but undisciplined technique; his poems are patriotic celebrations of America, extremely popular during the Civil War due in part to a national reading tour by James E. Murdoch.

From the description of Thomas Buchanan Read letters, poems, and clippings, 1850-1868. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 70122962

American artist and poet.

From the description of Papers, 1937, n.d. [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647826909

Thomas Buchanan Read was an American poet and painter. Born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, he wandered across the northeast, engaging in a number of professions to make ends meet, and studied painting in Italy. His paintings tend to be mythological treatments with an artistic spirit but undisciplined technique; his poems are patriotic celebrations of America, and achieved perhaps their greatest popularity during the Civil War.

From the description of Thomas Buchanan Read letters and portraits, 1848-1872. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 51464349

Artist and poet.

From the description of Letter and poems of Thomas Buchanan Read, 1864. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449488

Thomas Buchanan Read, born in Chester County, PA in 1822, was a poet and painter of portraits and historical scenes. He was apprenticed to a tailor at age 13, but ran away to Cincinnati, OH to paint ships and signs. He later became an assistant to painter Shobal Clevenger. In 1840, Read received his first commission to paint a portrait of William Henry Harrison. A year later, he moved to Boston, MA where he befriended Washington Allston and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In 1846, Read moved to Philadelphia, PA, and in 1850, he made the first of many trips to Europe.

During the Civil War, Read worked for the Union as a lecturer and propagandist. After the war, he returned to Italy where he remained until May 1872, when he returned to America; he died one week after his return to New York City. Read was married and had two daughters. His wife and eldest child died during the cholera plague in Florence, Italy in 1855.

From the description of Letters, 1849-1869. (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 122568228

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Subjects:

  • Art, American
  • Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources
  • Authors, American
  • Artists--20th century--Correspondence
  • Authors, American--19th century--Archival resources
  • Poets, American--19th century--Correspondence
  • Art--Exhibitions
  • Artists--19th century--Correspondence
  • Art--Prices
  • Painters--Correspondence
  • Poetry, Modern--History
  • Art, Modern--19th century
  • Poets, American
  • Presidents--Election--1856

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  • Artists
  • Poets

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  • Pennsylvania (as recorded)
  • Cincinnati (Ohio) (as recorded)
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  • Rome (Italy) (as recorded)
  • Schuylkill River (Pa.) (as recorded)
  • Newark (N.J.) (as recorded)
  • Florence (Italy) (as recorded)