Blackburn, Joseph,b. c.1700, d. after 1765, American portrait painter. Little is known concerning him except that from 1750 to 1765 he painted portraits (usually signed J.B.), chiefly of members of distinguished families in Boston and Portsmouth, N.H. Imitating the English rococo style, he painted portraits of Col. Theodore Atkinson (Worcester Art Mus.); three members of the Greenleaf family (Metropolitan Mus.); and the Isaac Winslow Family (Mus. of Fine Arts, Boston).
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Blackburn, Joseph(?1700–after 1765) painter. It is believed he lived in Boston and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (c. 1750–65). During that time he painted portraits, such as the documented canvas, Mrs. Nathaniel Barrell (1762).
Blackburn, Joseph (Clay Styles)(1838–1918) U.S. representative/senator; born in Woodford County, Ky. A Confederate war veteran, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives (Dem., Ky.; 1875–85) and the U.S. Senate (1885–97). He also served as governor of the Panama Canal Zone (1907–09).
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