Edward Savage ~ Biography & Gallery

Header Painting: The Savage Family (Detail), circa 1779, by Edward Savage
Worcester Art Museum
© The Estate of Edward Savage

This is one of my favourite paintings ever. You don't have to know anything about it or the artist to realise it has a disquietening quality to it that, for me, is truly magical.

The heads are just too big for the bodies. Perspective is out of the window. Otherworldly, ethereal... faces from beyond the grave, forms wrapped up in eternity. To me (and it is only me) I think of some sort of corridor of death - this is the place you come to after you have lain dying and before the mirrored doors open to infinite blue skies or a William Blake Hell. The Savage Family welcome you to this place, study you, try and figure just what you are or what your soul has been. Maybe there is food outside of the picture waiting to be served as you make the preparations for the journey.

Maybe they will welcome you to sit accoss from them at the table with your back to the viewer as you make your way from the present and into the past. Maybe they will talk and tell you what is coming. Maybe. Maybe not.

The picture is truly not of this world. It is a masterpiece of disquiet - as close as you will get to 'the other side' as you will get on this mortal coil.

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Edward Savage ~ Biography

Known as: American portrait painter and engraver
Born: 1761, Princeton, Massachusetts, US
Died: 1817

Edward Savage was born on his family's farm, 'Savage Hill'. He travelled to London to study.

At 24, he moved to Philadelphia and in 1796 opened a gallery there. Five years later he left for New York and in 1812 opened a small museum in Boston.

Edward Savage ~ Trivia

He began his career by copying the work of John Singleton Copley

Whilst studying in London, he learnt not only the techniques of painting but also those of mezzatint and stipple engraving

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    Edward Savage ~ Gallery

    edward savage - the savage family
    Edward Savage
    The Savage Family
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    edward savage - the washington family, 1798
    Edward Savage
    The Washington Family, 1798
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    edward savage - benjamin rush, 1800, mezzotint
    Edward Savage
    Benjamin Rush, 1800, Mezzotint
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    edward savage - david ritttenhouse, 1796, mezzotint
    Edward Savage
    David Ritttenhouse, 1796, Mezzotint
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    edward savage - george washington, c. 1796
    Edward Savage
    George Washington, c. 1796
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    Edward Savage - The Washington Family Fine Art Poster
    Edward Savage
    The Washington Family
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    Edward Savage - The Davis Children, Eliza Cheever Davis and John Derby Davis Fine Art Print
    Edward Savage
    The Davis Children, Eliza Cheever Davis and John Derby Davis
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    Edward Savage - Mount Vernon from the Carriage Entrance Fine Art Poster
    Edward Savage
    Mount Vernon from the Carriage Entrance
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