African Americans in Art… Robert Scott Duncanson

Mr. Robert Scott Duncanson was a great painter, known for creating great floral pieces and then later landscapes in his style of the Hudson River school of painting. He did many studies on his own looking at the master paintings of the Hudson River School. Born to a father from Canada and a mother from the states his father wanted him to be educated in a tolerant society so the family went to Canada.

The family then moved to Ohio and Mr. Duncanson found a great supporter and backer in Nicholas Longworth. Mr. Longworth commissioned him for paint murals in his residence. Duncanson travelled to europe for sketching trips several times. Just as his career was really blossoming Mr. Duncanson had a mental breakdown and died in a mental hospital in 1872. Some theories claim he suffered from lead poisining it was never proven.

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