Artist. Acclaimed as one of the most noted painters in New York during the 1850s and was well-known for his historical subjects. His subjects were taken from American history and rural life, and he is famous chiefly for his painting of The Spirit of '76. He studied and exhibited at the National Academy of Design and with Alvah Bradish and then established himself as a portrait painter in Sherburne, New York, before moving in 1841 to New York City. In 1850, he returned to Shelburne, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was president of the Chenango agricultural society in 1855, and a member of the legislature.
Some of his most famous works are: The Spirit of '76, Washington Crossing the Delaware, Pilgrim Fathers On the Deck of the Mayflower, Perils of the Early Colonists, The First Sabbath of the Pilgrims, Washington Delivering his Inaugural Address, and Rip Van Winkle's Return from the Mountains. T. H. Matteson, his wife and children rest under a gravestone designed by the artist himself.
Bio by: Packrat