Rossiter, Thomas Prichard, 1818-1871

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Birth 1818
Death 1871
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Thomas Prichard Rossiter (1818-1871) was a painter. Rossiter studied in Connecticut and in Europe, eventually settling in New York. His father was Henry C. Rossiter (fl. 1833-1834), a merchant who resided in New York and South Carolina.

From the guide to the Thomas Prichard Rossiter Papers, 1833-1834, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

Rossiter was a portrait painter.

From the description of Thomas Prichard Rossiter letter to Elias Beirs, 1840 Jan. 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122355183

Thomas Rossiter was appointed to Norfolk Island as school master by the N.S.W. Government in 1858. He maintained his appointment for 30 years. He was also a trader.

From the description of Diary [manuscript]. 1877. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225745491

Thomas Prichard Rossiter (1818-1871) was a portrait painter in New York, N.Y. and Ehrick Kensett Rossiter (1854-1941) was an architect of New York, N.Y.

In 1840, Thomas Rossiter traveled to Europe with Asher B. Durand, John Kensett, and John Casilaer, and while there visited Rome with Thomas Cole. He decided to stay in Italy until 1846 when he moved to New York City and shared a studio with Kensett and Louis Lang. In 1851 Rossiter married Anna Ehrick Parmly and they toured Europe in 1853. The two had three children, twins Ehrick Kensett and Charlotte, and a second daughther Anna. After the death of his wife shortly after giving birth to their third child,the family moved back to New York. For a brief period of time Rossiter had an art gallery, exhibiting his work and the work of his friends. In 1860 he married Mary (Mollie) Sterling and moved his family to Cold Spring, New York on the Hudson River. He continued to paint portraits, historical, and religious paintings, and exhibited at the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, until his death in 1871.

Ehrick Kensett Rossiter attended Cornell University and became an architect in New York as part of the firm Rossiter & Muller. He was a member of the Architectural League, United States Public Architects' League, and trustee of the American Fine Arts Society. In 1877 he married Mary Heath and they had three sons and a daughter. Their daughter Edith Rossiter Bevan was a historian and avid collector of historical autographs.

From the description of Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter family papers, 1840-1961. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 227189648

Thomas Prichard Rossiter (1818-1871) was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He first learned painting as an apprentice for a Mr. John Boyd, and also studied with Nathaniel Jocelyn. In 1838 he exhibited two paintings at the National Academy of Design, and in 1939 moved to New York City and opened a studio.

In 1840, Rossiter traveled to Europe with Asher B. Durand, John Kensett, and John Casilaer, and while there visited Rome with Thomas Cole. He decided to stay in Italy until 1846 when he moved to New York City and shared a studio with Kensett and Louis Lang. During this period he relied on portrait painting for his income, but also painted historical and religious paintings.

In 1851 Rossiter married Anna Ehrick Parmly and they toured Europe in 1853. They settled in Paris where Anna gave birth to twins Ehrick Kensett and Charlotte. Rossiter exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1855. Anna died shortly after the birth of their daughter Anna, and the family moved back to New York.

For a brief period of time Rossiter had an art gallery, exhibiting his work and the work of his friends. In 1860 he married Mary (Mollie) Sterling and moved his family to Cold Spring, New York on the Hudson River. He continued to paint portraits, historical, and religious paintings, and exhibited at the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, until his death in 1871.

Ehrick Kensett Rossiter (1854-1941), named after his father's friend John Frederick Kensett, attended Cornell University and became an architect in New York as part of the firm Rossiter & Muller. He was a member of the Architectural League, United States Public Architects' League, and trustee of the American Fine Arts Society. In 1877 he married Mary Heath and they had three sons and a daughter. Their daughter Edith Rossiter Bevan was a historian and avid collector of historical autographs.

From the guide to the Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter Family papers, 1840-1961, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

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  • Hudson Highlands (N.Y.) (as recorded)
  • Norfolk Island (as recorded)