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Thomas Birch
Date: 1779 - 1851
Remarks: Thomas Birch was the son of William Russell Birch (1755-1834), an engraver and painter of enamel miniatures. Thomas and his family moved to America and settled in Philadelphia. He exhibited as early as 1795 at the Columbianum, and by 1800 he began work as an independent portraitist. By 1811 he had establish himself as a landscape and seascape painter. He was influenced by both the English and Dutch landscape tradition. Birch also painted many depictions of naval battles. From 1812 to 1817, Birch was the Keeper of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He exhibited his work frequently at the academy after 1811. Most of his works were views of Philadelphia and New York.