Born 1795; d. 1835. Painted in 1822. Indifferent to the impatience of the cavalier, who, watch in hand, stands ready to seize the first pretext for making his escape, the Importunate Author pours forth sonorous verses into the ears of his unwilling listener. Stuart Newton was the son of an English officer, who left Boston when it was evacuated by the British in 1776. He was born at Halifax in 1795; and, when eight years old, was brought by his mother to Charlestown, where she resided after her husband's death. Having no inclination for commercial pursuits, the boy was placed under the care of his uncle, Gilbert Stuart, the eminent portrait-painter, from whom he received instruction in his art. In 1817 he went to Italy, and then to England, where he lived from 1821 to 1833, and painted his best pictures. In 1832, he was elected Royal Academician. In the same year he revisited America, married, and shortly after returned to England, where he resided until his death, in 1835. As a colorist, Newton ranks far above his friend Leslie; and he is only surpassed by David Wilkie as a delineator of character among artists of the English school. [P. 9; exhibited under heading: "Oil Paintings."]
Massachusetts Centennial Art Exhibition, at the Galleries of the Boston Art Club, No. 64 Boylston Street, and at No. 48 Boylston Street, commencing April 3, 1876--Hours from 9, a.m. to 10, p.m.
Artist professional affiliation: Royal Academician.