- Known as: Folk and naïve (primitive) artist
- Born: 1788, Colebrook, Connecticut, US
- Died: 1865, Massachusetts
Ammi Phillips began his professional career around 1811. He travelled extensively in
the New York - Massachusetts - Connecticut
border area, and because of this, became known as "Border Limner".
He married Laura Brockway in 1813 and the couple moved to Troy, New York. At some point they moved to Rhinebeck where his wife
died in 1830. He remarried shortly after.
Around 1829, he started painting in a new style. The works from this period were from his "Kent Period", named thus
because that was the
town in Connecticut where the paintings first surfaced. He probaly did the paintings in New York's Duchess Conty.
He returned to western Massachusetts in 1860 where he died five years later
- Ammi Phillips was known as a "limner". This was the name given to the best-known folk painters of 19th-century
America who were nonacademic portrait painters, often itinerant, who usually worked in oils. Primarily, the limner viewed his work
as a source of income
- The work from his 1812-1819 period is generally regarded as his first important creative period
- It is probable that Phillips was entirely self-taught
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