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Thomas S. Officer

Also Known as: Thomas Story Officer, Thos. S. Officer

Born:
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 1810

Died:
San Francisco, California 1859

Luce Artist Biography

Thomas Officer trained with Thomas Sully, and set up a thriving practice painting miniatures in Philadelphia during the 1830s. He traveled widely, working intermittently in Virginia, Alabama, New York, and possibly New Orleans. After the end of the Mexican War (1846-1848), Officer traveled to Mexico, Australia, and California, painting miniatures and coloring photographs. A drinking problem cut his career and life short, and Officer died in poverty.