Sheldon Peck

SHELDON PECK (1797-1868)

began painting as a young man in Vermont and continued to work as a farmer and painter as he moved westward, first to New York and later to Illinois in 1836. His austere portraits evolved from the simplest, sober images on a dark background to include greater detail and a brighter palette. In the years he lived in Illinois, Peck established himself as a leading citizen of the area and supported the anti-slavery movement by harboring runaway slaves as a station on the Underground Railroad.

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