Edward Mitchell Bannister

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Edward Mitchell Bannister


Born in Canada in 1828 to a father from Barbados and a woman of unknown origin, Edward Mitchell Bannister moved first to Boston and then to Providence, where he lived for over thirty years. (His wife Christiana, a self-proclaimed Hair Doctress, was African-American/Narragansett and from Narragansett lands originally.) In 1876, Bannister became the first black artist to ever receive a national award, and his career as a landscape painter took off. There’s a remarkable exhibition right now featuring around twenty of Bannister’s paintings, many of which are landscapes from rural Rhode Island and Massachusetts. As a whole they’re quite impressive.

Note: $10 gets you into the gallery, with the option of an hour-long tour of the museum and grounds.

August 12 2018


Date: August 12, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $10
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Gilbert Stuart Birthplace & Museum

815 Gilbert Stuart Road
Saunderstown, RI 02874 United States

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