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Ezra Ames Portrait

Ezra Ames

Framingham, Massachusetts 1768

Albany, New York 1836

Photo Caption:
Self Portrait of Ezra Ames (1786-1836) ca. 1800 Oil on Canvas; 23 3/4 x 30 inches Albany Institute of History & Art Gift of Miss Mary Louisa Sutliff, great-grandniece of the artist x1940.600.27.2

Luce Artist Biography

Ezra Ames began his career as a carriage painter, and broadened his skills to include engraving and painting miniatures. His popularity as a portraitist is measured by the reputations of his sitters, who included Governor Clinton of New York, Stephen van Rensselaer, and Gouverneur Morris of New Jersey. In Albany he painted more than four hundred and fifty portraits of New York politicians and leaders.