Robert Fulton

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Robert Fulton
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N0218.1961
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Robert Fulton (1765-1815) was a proud, energetic, ambitious man with an interest in virtually everything. He is famous today for his pioneering role in the invention of the steamboat, but he was also an accomplished artist and a political visionary. In the background of this likeness Fulton's recent invention, the torpedo, is depicted in full explosion. Benjamin West painted Fulton's portrait while in London. West became King George III's official history painter and supported any American artist who asked for assistance. He influenced two generations of American artists including Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), Samuel F.B. Morse (1791-1872), and Washington Allston (1779-1843). As a leading painter in 18th-century Europe, West made stylistic innovations in neoclassicism, romanticism, and the use of modern dress in history paintings.
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depth 4 in ; height 46 in ; width 38 in
height 36 1/4 in ; width 28 2/8 in
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