Alfred Thompson, painter, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 10
April, 1837. He was educated in Newburyport (Massachusetts.) academy, and
entered upon a mercantile career in Boston, devoting his leisure to drawing and
painting without professionalinstruction.
In a few years he attained noteworthy skill in making landscape studies from
nature, and after 1858 devoted himself to the art as a profession. He opened a
studio in Boston, and met with some success there, but in 1868 sought a wider
field in New York. At the national academy of that year he exhibited "Mill-Stream
at Newburyport." Soon afterward he began to use water-colors in
preference to oils, and in 1873 was chosen a member of the American water-color
society. Since then he has devoted himselfmainly to water-color painting of landscape, marine, and coastwise
scenery. His coloring is brilliant, harmonious, and singularly transparent. His
attention to detail bars him from the ranks of modern "impressionists,"
but he has many admirers among lovers of natural scenery.Among his more notable drawings are "Sunset in October"
(1869); "The Maiden's Rock, Lake Pepin" (1870); "Mt.
Adams" (1871); "On the Esopus" (1874); "Off
Halifax Harbor" (1875); "A Lift in the Fog" (1876) St.
Michaels Mount (1877); and " What the Tide Left" (1878).
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