Bannister, Edward

Bannister, Edward (Mitchell)

(1828–1901) painter; born in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. A prominent Negro painter in his day, he moved to Boston (c. 1848), studied at the Lowell Institute under William Rimmer (1855), and settled in Providence, R.I. (c. 1870). His recently rediscovered landscapes, such as Fishing (1881), were painted in the naturalistic Barbizon style, a French approach popular in America (c. 1830–70).
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