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18th Century Material Culture

Portrait Artists in America


Robert Feke

Robert Feke
- American portrait artist born to Robert Feke, a Baptist Minister and Blacksmith who lived
in Oyster Bay, Long Island, in the colony of New York c. 1707
- Worked as a Surveyor in Oyster Bay from 1725 - 1730
- Learned the techniques of painting in New York City
- Moved to Newport, Rhode Island, in 1741
- Married Eleanor Cozzens, daughter of Newport, Rhode Islands prominent tailor, Leonard
Cozzens in 1742
- Moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1746
- Moved to Newport and Boston, Massachusetts, in 1748
- Moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1749 - 1750
- Last seen at his brother-in-laws wedding in Newport on 26 August, 1751
- May have gone to Barbados where members of the Feke family resided, but there are no
records of either activity or death there
National Portrait Gallery

Pamela Andrews
by Robert Feke 1741
(Rhode Island School of Design Museum)

Charles Apthorp
by Robert Feke 1748
(Cleveland Museum of Art)

Mrs. Charles Apthorp (Grizzell Eastwick)


by Robert Feke 1748
(Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Robert Auchmuty II
by Robert Feke 1748
(Mead Art Museum at Amherst College)

John Banister
by Robert Feke 1748
(Toledo Museum of Art)

Mrs. John Banister


by Robert Feke 1748
(Detroit Institute of Arts)

Dr. Phineas Bond


by Robert Feke 1746
(Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Mrs. James Boutineau (Susannah Faneuil)


by Robert Feke 1748
(Nova Scotia Museum)

James Bowdoin II
by Robert Feke 1748
(Bowdoin College Museum of Art)

Mrs. James Bowdoin II (Elizabeth Erving)


by Robert Feke 1748
(Bowdoin College Museum of Art)

William Bowdoin
by Robert Feke 1741
(Private Collection)

Mrs. William Bowdoin


by Robert Feke 1748
(Bowdoin College Museum of Art)

John Channing
by Robert Feke c. 1748 - 1749
(Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Mrs. John Channing (Mary)


by Robert Feke c. 1749
(Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Henry Collins of Newport, Rhode Island (Business Partner of Ebenezer Ward)


by Robert Feke c. 1749
(Redwood Library and Athenaeum)

Mrs. Edward Duffield (Catherine Perry)


by Robert Feke c. 1750
(Frick Art Reference Library)

Thomas Fayerweather
by Robert Feke c. 1750
(Historic New England)

Mrs.Thomas Fayerweather (Sarah Hubbard)


by Robert Feke c. 1750
(Historic New England)

Self Portrait
by Robert Feke c. 1741 - 1745
(Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Mrs. Robert Feke (Eleanor Cozzens)


by Robert Feke c. 1741 - 1745
(Rhode Island Historical Society)

Ebenezer Flagg of Newport, Rhode Island (Business Partner of Henry Collins)


by Robert Feke c. 1749
(Redwood Library and Athenaeum)

Mrs. Ebenezer Flagg of Newport, Rhode Island (Mary Ward - Daughter of Governor Ward)
by Robert Feke c. 1749
(Redwood Library and Athenaeum)

Hannah Flagg
by Robert Feke c. 1742 - 1743
(Northeast Auctions)

James Flagg
by Robert Feke c. 1742 - 1743
(Northeast Auctions)

Tench Francis, Sr.


by Robert Feke 1746
(Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Tench Francis, Sr.


by Robert Feke 1746
(Frick Art Reference Library)

Tench Francis, Sr.


by Robert Feke 1746
(Sothebys)

Mrs. Tench Francis, Sr.


by Robert Feke 1746
(Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Mrs. Tench Francis, Sr.


by Robert Feke 1746
(Sothebys)

Benjamin Franklin
by Robert Feke c. 1746
(Harvard University Art Museums)

Abigail Gerrish and Her Granddaughter


by Robert Feke c. 1750
(Peabody Essex Museum)

John Gidley, Jr.


by Robert Feke c. 1742
(Frick Art Reference Library / Newport Historical Society)

Dr. Thomas Graeme of Pennsylvania


by Robert Feke
(Graeme Park)

Thomas Graeme, Jr. of Pennsylvania


by Robert Feke
(Unknown)

Captain Alexander Graydon


by Robert Feke c. 1746
(National Portrait Gallery)

The Reverend Thomas Hiscox, Pastor of the Seventh Day Baptist Congregation in Westerly, Rhode Island
by Robert Feke 1745
(Redwood Library and Athenaem)

Thomas Hopkinson of Oyster Bay, New York


by Robert Feke c. 1746
(Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery)

Ralph Inman, Merchant from Boston


by Robert Feke c. 1748
(Harvard University Art Museums)

Mrs. Ralph Inman (Susannah Speakman)


by Robert Feke c. 1748
(Harvard University Art Museums)

Mrs. Benjamin Lynde, Jr.,


by Robert Feke c. 1748
(The Huntington Library)

Margaret McCall
by Robert Feke 1749
(Frick Art Reference Library)

Mrs. Samuel McCall, Sr. (Anne)


by Robert Feke 1746
(Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)

William Nelson of Virginia


by Robert Feke c. 1749 - 1751
(Colonial Williamsburg - Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum)

Mrs. William Nelson (Elizabeth Burwell)


by Robert Feke c. 1749 - 1751
(Colonial Williamsburg - Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum)

Mrs. William Peters ( Mary Breintnall)


by Robert Feke 1746
(Frick Art Reference Library)

Mrs. William Plumstead (Mary McCall)


by Robert Feke 1746
(Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts)

Isaac Royall and His Family


by Robert Feke 1741
(Harvard University School of Law)

John Rowe of Boston, Massachusetts


by Robert Feke 1748
(Gilcrease Museum)

Mrs. John Rowe (Hannah Speakman) of Boston, Massachusetts


by Robert Feke 1748
(Frick Art Reference Library)

Judge Richard Saltonstal


by Robert Feke c. 1750
(Peabody Essex Museum)

Edward Shippen IV
by Robert Feke 1750
(Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Reverend Seth Storer of the First Parish Church of Watertown, Massachusetts


by Robert Feke 1748
(Farnsworth Art Museum)

Mrs. Joseph Swift (Margaret McCall)


by Robert Feke
(Unknown)

Mrs. Barlow Trecothick


by Robert Feke c. 1752
(Wichita Art Museum)

Isaac Stelle
by Robert Feke c. 1749 - 1750
(Newport Historical Society)

Mrs. Isaac Stelle


by Robert Feke c. 1749 - 1750
(Newport Historical Society)

Brigadier General Samuel Waldo


by Robert Feke c. 1748 - 1750
(Bowdoin College Museum of Art)

Mrs. Joseph Wanton (Mary Winthrop)


by Robert Feke c. 1740
(Redwood Library and Athenaeum)

Joseph Whipple, Merchant of Middletown, Rhode Island


by Robert Feke c. 1746 - 1749
(Rhode Island School of Design Museum)

Captain Philip Wilkinson


by Robert Feke c. 1740
(Redwood Library and Athenaeum)

Mrs. Charles Willing (Anne Shippen) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


by William Feke 1746
(Winterthur)

Mrs. Charles Willing (Anne Shippen) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


by William Feke 1746
(Winterthur)

Isaac Winslow of Boston


by Robert Feke c. 1748
(Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Portrait of a Lady
by Robert Feke c. 1748
(The Brooklyn Museum)

Portrait of a Lady
Attributed to Robert Feke
(Northeast Auctions)

Portrait of a Young Lady


by Robert Feke c. 1740 - 1749
(Private Collection)

Oxenbridge Thacher
In the Manner of Robert Feke 1748
(Yale University Art Gallery)

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