Robert S. Duncanson

Robert S. Duncanson (HMGI8)

Location: Cincinnati, OH 45202 Hamilton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 6.125', W 84° 30.193'

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The first African American artist to achieve international acclaim, painter Robert S. Duncanson (1821-1872) was born in New York and settled in Cincinnati in 1840. He pursued his artistic career during a time of tremendous racial prejudice and was acknowledged as the "best landscape painter in the West." Arts patron Nicholas Longworth commissioned murals from Duncanson around 1850 for his home Belmont, now the Taft Museum of Art; these paintings are regarded as one of the finest pre-Civil War domestic decoration schemes in the United States. Sponsored by anti-slavery groups, he traveled widely during the 1860s in Europe. Duncanson rose above oppression to create expressions of African American cultural identity, leading the way for other people of color to pursue careers in the arts.
HM NumberHMGI8
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number35-31
Year Placed2003
Placed ByThe Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Cinergy, and The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:15pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 715903 N 4331073
Decimal Degrees39.10208333, -84.50321667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 6.125', W 84° 30.193'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 6' 7.50" N, 84° 30' 11.58" W
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Area Code(s)513
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 530 E 4th St, Cincinnati OH 45202, US
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