WILLIAM MATTHEW PRIOR
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    American Artist (1806 - 73)

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    William Matthew Prior ~ Biography

    William Matthew Prior. b Bath, ME, 1806. d Boston, MA, 1873.

    William Matthew Prior had a very "flat" style, a "likeness without shade or shadow" that he offered at a cut rate. Prior could paint in an accomplished three-dimensional style; he probably received some professional instruction from the portrait and landscape painter Charles Codman, and admired Gilbert Stuart enough to name a son after him.

    To satisy clients and streamline his practice, however, Prior adapted techniques from ornamental painting and determined prices by the time spent painting.

    With hindsight, the bold colours and insistent flatness of his work recall the work of Edouard Manet, suggesting why early twentieth-century Modernists were among the first to appreciate American folk art.

    Source: The American Art Book (Mini Edition)


    In 1827 he billed himself as a specialist in "ornamental painting...bronzing, oil guilding and varnishing." From this he advanced to sign painting and mechanical rendering, and by 1828 he was hawking his portraits.
    Source: The Folk Art Tradition: Naive Painting in Europe and the United States (direct link to book @ amazon.com.




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    William Matthew Prior - Girl in Pink, 1840 William Matthew Prior - Girl Seated on Bench, 1840 William Matthew Prior - Little Miss Fairfield, 1850 William Matthew Prior - Miss Jones with Her Dog and Cat, 1846 William Matthew Prior - The Burnish Sisters, 1854 William Matthew Prior - The Younger Generation, 1850 William Matthew Prior - Two Children with Dog Minny on a Ribbon, 1840 William Matthew Prior - Young Boy with Toy Whip and Wagon William Matthew Prior - Baby with Rattle William Matthew Prior - Portrait of a Young Boy in Gray Costume with Black Buttons Holding a Whip - Leaf at Right c.1830 Title:  Portrait Of Hattie Elizabeth, Ellis And Eva Flye, 1854 
Artist: William Matthew Prior Title:  Portrait Of Hattie Elizabeth, Ellis And Eva Flye, 1854 
Artist: William Matthew Prior Title:  Miss Jones, c.1846 
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