Ammi Phillips (1788 – 1865, American)

Portrait of portrait painter Ammi Phillips for The New Yorker Magazine by Brook Meinhardt cats in folk art

Portrait of portrait painter Ammi Phillips for The New Yorker Magazine by Brook Meinhardt

Ammi Phillips is perhaps one of the most important American folk artists of the 19th century.  Born in Colebrook, Connecticut in 1788, he was a self-taught New England portrait painter whose works spanned five decades.  He began painting as early as 1810 and produced approximately 400 works and became one of America’s most prolific folk art painters.  His paintings were lost for a time and then bit by bit rediscovered beginning around 1924.  It was not until 1976 that the collection was considered complete.  Girl in Red Dress with Cat and Dog is considered his most famous work and is now housed in the American Folk Art Museum in New York.  It was even featured on a U.S. postage stamp in 1998.

 

Ammi Phillips postage stamp 1998 cats in art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMMI PHILLIPS (1788 - 1865). Portrait of a Young Girl and her Cat . Oil on canvas . 36 x 28 in . Circa 1830-1835 cats in art

Portrait of a Young Girl and her Cat
1830

 

 

Girl with Cat,ca. 1814. Oil on canvas Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth cats in American art

Girl with Cat,ca. 1814. Oil on canvas
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth

 

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