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Ezra Ames
Date: 1768 - 1836
Remarks: The famous portrait painter of Albany was born at Framington, Massachusetts, moved to Staatsburg, New York as a child, and began his career as an artist in Worcester at least as early as 1790. By 1793 he had moved to Albany where he lived and worked the rest of his life. He remained a relatively obscure painter until 1812 when his portrait of Governor George Clinton attracted national attention. Thereafter he was the leading portraitist of Albany, painting the likenesses of hundreds of local residents and of the statesmen, politicians, merchants, and others who came to the New York state capital.