Shaw, Joshua, 1776-1860

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Born in Bellingborough, Lincolnshire, England, Joshua Shaw was initially a sign painter in Manchester, then became known as a painter of portraits, flowers, still life, landscapes and cattle pieces, exhibiting his work at the Royal Academy in London. In 1817, Shaw settled in Philadelphia and began travelling through the South, making sketches and taking subscriptions for series of American views, which he engraved and published. Shaw frequently exhibited work in New York, Boston and Baltimore and Philadelphia where he was a founder of the Artists' Fund Society. Shaw was also known as an inventor and made several improvements to firearms for which he later received awards from the United States and Russian governments. Ca. 1843, Shaw moved to Bordentown, New Jersey. He became stricken with paralysis and died in Burlington on September 8, 1860.

From the description of Palette, ca. 1820. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 86102592

Inventor, artist; Philadelphia, Pa. & Bordentown, N.J.

From the description of Joshua Shaw palette, [ca. 1820]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122571677

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referencedIn John Hill Print Collection, [1799]-1836 New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Shaw, Joshua, 1776-1860. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Asher Brown Durand papers Archives of American Art
referencedIn Carson, Joseph, Mrs. Autograph collection, 1785-1945 (bulk 1814-1890). Winterthur Library
creatorOf Shaw, Joshua, ca. 1777-1860. Palette, ca. 1820. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Joshua Shaw palette Archives of American Art
referencedIn Joseph Sill selected diaries Archives of American Art
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associatedWith Carson, Joseph, Mrs. person
associatedWith Durand, A. B. (Asher Brown), 1796-1886. person
associatedWith Sill, Joseph, 1801-1854. person
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Painting, Modern


Birth 1776

Death 1860




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SNAC ID: 15620801