Sturtevant J. Hamblin
STURTEVANT J. HAMBLIN (also Hamblen) (1817-1884)
was born into a Portland, Maine family whose business was ornamental painting. He resided in Portland with his sister, the wife of William Matthew Prior, and moved with them to Boston in 1840. The family business has become known as the Prior/Hamblin School. Painters within the group used a similar artistic style which sometimes renders their unsigned works difficult to distinguish from each other. Hamblin painted actively from 1837 until 1856 when he changed careers, partnering with his brother Joseph in a haberdashery.