Rev. Archibald Hawkins


REV. ARCHIBALD HAWKINS, who came to Steubenville from Baltimore in 1811 and built a house on South Third Street, lately occupied by his granddaughter, Miss Rebecca Hawkins. He was a local Methodist preacher, and is said to have been a specially ultimate friend of Rev. Father Morse, of St. Paul's, who came a few years later. At that time he had a son Ezekiel, three years old, who early gave indications of preocity as an artist. He learned the trade of house and sign painting and portraiture, in both of which he did excellent work. The scenery around Steubenville furnished plenty of subjects and inspiration, as it did afterwards to Cole. He also decorated window shades, and made his art useful in various ways. The family moved to Wheeling in 1829, after which he gave most of his time to portraiture, having a camera which would throw upon the canvas a likeness of the "sitter", which the artist could make a permanent with his pencil. Here he became acquainted with an artist named Lamden, from whom he received valuable instruction.

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