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Cephas Thompson

Born: Jul 1, 1775

Death: Nov 6, 1856

Birthplace: United States of America

Nationality: United States

Cephas Thompson

Date of Birth : Jul 1, 1775
Date of Death : Nov 6, 1856
Birth Place : United States of America

Cephas Thompson was a successful, self-taught, early nineteenth-century portrait painter in the United States, who was born, died, and lived most of his life in Middleborough, Massachusetts. Thompson married Olive Leonard on March 18, 1802. Their son, Cephas Giovanni Thompson, became a painter of portraits and landscape in his own right, and a friend of the author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Their daughter Florantha married missionary Granville Sproat and, after spending time teaching at La Pointe, Wisconsin, moved to California during the gold rush. Florantha and Granville's daughter Elvira married James Hutchings, the early promoter of Yosemite. Although Thompson lived most of his life in Middleborough, he produced portraits throughout New England and from 1800-25 also made annual trips to the south during the winter months to paint in Alexandria, Baltimore, New Orleans, Norfolk, Philadelphia, and the Carolinas and Georgia. When about fifty years of age, he settled permanently in his home in Middleborough.

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