Edward Chalmers Leavitt USA

3-9-1842 Providence, USA – 1-16-1904 Providence, USA

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At the outbreak of the American Civil War, Edward Chalmers Leavitt enlisted at Boston in the United States Navy with his friend William Warren Flint of Walpole, New Hampshire. During the Civil War in 1862 and 1863, he served in the navy on the U.S.S. Galena. During his Navy service, Leavitt frequently practiced his drawing technique.

Little is known of Edward Chalmers Leavitt's career. Most of his paintings featured tabletop arrangements of flowers, fruit, antiques and vintage bric-a-brac, and were sought after by the Victorian middle class. The oil on canvas paintings often were marked by their sense of texture. During the 1870s and 1880s Leavitt frequently exhibited at the National Academy of Design.

There are indications that during his career, Edward Chalmers Leavitt worked with the gifted Martin Heade. Leavitt was known to have studied earlier with local artist James Morgan Lewin, a painter of romantic canvases. During his career, Edward Chalmers Leavitt painted thousands of canvases, turning out his trademark paintings of flowers, fruit and dead fish and game for a hungry middle class anxious for artworks to decorate their newly acquired homes.

Art Movement: Realism
Influences: Martin Heade, James Morgan Lewin
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