Sarah E. Harvey (1834-1924)

  • Sarah E. Harvey (1834-1924)
  • Tropical Landscape
  • Oil on canvas
  • 15 ¾ x 28 inches
  • Signed lower right

Sarah E. Harvey was born in Colebrook River, Connecticut in 1834. She was the eldest of six children born to Selomy Wilcox and Franklin Harvey. While little is known of Harvey’s life she was a prolific artist whose subjects included landscapes, seascapes, animals, and still lifes.

In 1854, Harvey attended the Charlotteville Seminary in Charlotteville, New York where she likely received teacher training. Although Harvey’s studies did not include art, she began painting while at the seminary. Her first oil painting was completed in 1855 and entitled Landscape. More than six decades later, Harvey added an inscription to the verso of the painting that read, “First oil painting done by Sarah E. Harvey when at Charlotteville Seminary in New York. Have no instruction. Am 84 years this 1919, and have painted 1,000 pictures in intervening 64 years. Am painting yet. Have given to people 900 pictures.”

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Sarah E. Harvey Tropical Landscape
Sarah E. Harvey Tropical Landscape