Earl, Ralph

Earl, Ralph:

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1751–1801, American portrait and landscape painter, b. Worcester co., Mass. He is purported to have painted four scenes of the battle of Lexington as an eyewitness, but is best known for his
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Earl (or Earle), Ralph

(1751–1801) painter; born in Worcester County, Mass. He spent most of his life in Connecticut, except for a stay in England (1778–85), and became a leading portrait painter, rivaled only by John Singleton Copley, who influenced his work. His paintings have a folk quality, as in Portrait of Elijah Boardman (1789).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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