“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Belpre in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Early Ohio Artists

Early Ohio Artists Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2009
1. Early Ohio Artists Marker (Side A)
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Born in Massachusetts in 1805, Sala Bosworth spent all but nineteen years of his eighty-five years in Washington County. After studying at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, he returned to the county to paint many full size and miniature portraits of prominent Washington County citizens. His historical drawings were used in Samuel P. Hildreth's Pioneer History. He is also known for his mural in what is now the Unitarian Universalist Church in Marietta. Bosworth moved to Cincinnati late in life and started to paint with watercolors. He died there in 1890.

Charles Sullivan also studied at the Philadelphia Academy and became a fast friend of Bosworth after coming to Washington County in 1833. While he also painted portraits, he excelled in his landscapes, including views of Blennerhassett Island, the Blennerhassett mansion, and the mounds at Marietta. Sullivan died in Marietta in 1867.
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Lily Martin Spencer came to Washington County with her parents at the age of 11 in 1833. Her artistic talent was already recognized and she decorated the walls of her new home with charcoal sketches. A student of Bosworth and Sullivan, she began to work with oils and had her first exhibition in the
Early Ohio Artists Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2009
2. Early Ohio Artists Marker (Side B)
county in 1841. Later that year she left with her father for Cincinnati for more schooling. She married Benjamin Spencer in 1844 and became the breadwinner for the family. Most of her paintings showed life from the woman's domestic point of view, while aiming at moral improvement. She was one of the leading genre artists of the time. She died in New York in 1902.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Marietta Chapter of NSDAR, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 15-84.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 16.484′ N, 81° 35.842′ W. Marker is in Belpre, Ohio, in Washington County. Touch for map. Marker is about 50 feet southeast of the boat ramp at River Access Park, off Blennerhassett Avenue west of Civitan Park. Marker is in this post office area: Belpre OH 45714, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Devol's Floating Mill (approx. ¼ mile away); Belpre Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Bathsheba Rouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Belpre and the Ohio River
Early Ohio Artists Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2009
3. Early Ohio Artists Marker
Looking southeast along the Ohio River.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Putnam Family Library / Belpre Farmers' Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cedarville Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Underground Railroad Crossings / Near Border War (approx. 1.2 miles away); Historic Blennerhassett Island (approx. 1.7 miles away in West Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belpre.
Also see . . .
1. American Paintings. "Bo Peep", by Lilly Martin Spencer American, (1822-1902) (Submitted on June 25, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. Sala Bosworth. A short biography by Ohio History Central. (Submitted on June 25, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

3. Portraits by Sala Bosworth. (Submitted on June 26, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
Additional comments.
1. Lily Martin Spencer
Lilly Martin Spencer was one of the foremost genre painters of the late 19th century during a time called the Golden Age for the apparent material excesses of the upper classes. In addition to her successful career, she bore thirteen children and supported the seven who survived plus her husband with the income from her work.
Her paintings of everyday life, considered sentimental subjects by some viewers, were widely reproduced in engravings and lithographs.
    — Submitted June 25, 2009.

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 851 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 20, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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